Warmer, wetter weather means it's time for the bugs to come out.
With little ones who love to itch (and me too!), I'm constantly
looking for ways to take the sting out of mosquito bites. After a
recent evening conversation outside and bug spray that came too
late, I discovered that I had suffered about eight mosquito bites
on various spots of my body. I turned to Pinterest to find some
natural remedies that I might have access to in my house. My
typical way to "treat" my bites was to form an X with my fingernail
(I know you've done this!)
When that doesn't work, try one of these options:
Doesn't this sound "a-peel-ing"? Apparently, in addition to
being a morning snack, I can also utilize it to take the itching
out of a mosquito bite. This remedy worked temporarily to relieve
the itch, but it soon came back with a vengeance. And we ran out of
This brought some relief and the fact that it dries quickly
makes it great for children. The vinegar is quite strong though and
the smell may dissuade your kids.
Again, this temporarily took the sting away, but the remedy
itself stinks. I also don't think your children will let you put an
onion on them for any significant length of time.
This remedy is perfect because you can simply dab it on and let
it dry. It's a perfect replacement to the messier remedies that
don't dry as quickly. Plus, it's something your children are
already use to seeing so less likely to reject it's use.
The final method I tried was to create a paste out of baking
soda and water. I did this and then applied it to my bites. I found
that this method was easy to make, instantly took the itching
sensation away, and kept it at bay for a longer period of time.
Some other suggestions include toothpaste,
lemon/lime juice, dry bar of soap, rubbing alcohol, Vicks and
Orajel. Have you tried one that works best for your family? Maybe
next time I'll try out this homemade mosquito repellent and avoid needing
these remedies in the first place!
Share with us on our new Pin It! Pinterest page.
See more of Samantha's stories here.
Let us plan your weekend with the best family events and activities in Chicagoland.
Start the week right with deals, prizes, parent life hacks and more delivered straight to your inbox.
Need last-minute ideas for a weekend of family fun? No worries. We've got you.
Get the inside scoop on the people, places and things we are loving right now.
Resources, tips, inspiration and more for parents of children with special needs.
Score exclusive offers from our fabulous advertisers.