Your child’s reaction to mosquito bites and insect bites is greater compared to yours. This is because the reaction to these bites is larger in the early childhood stages, and lessens over time(1). To effectively manage these bites and protect them from future incidents, here’s what you need to know about mosquito and other insect bites in kids.
What are mosquito bites?
A mosquito bite commonly causes itch, redness, and swelling. This occurs when a female mosquito bites you with its mouthpart (proboscis) for the protein in your blood, used for laying eggs(2). As it sucks your blood, its saliva is injected and the proteins in the saliva trigger a response in your immune system. When inflammation and fever occur, it is deemed an allergic reaction which is called Skeeter Syndrome - a common occurrence in children(3).
For mosquito bites and other insect bites, the signs and symptoms vary from an individual’s sensitivity to the insect. Some may experience the occasional itch, while others could experience more severe reactions. Adults can experience a severe reaction to a bite from an insect that they were not exposed to before. For kids, the reaction may be more significant after 2-3 days(1).