As a parent, you hate to see your child under duress and in pain. As much as you love them and protect them, there are some situations that cannot always be avoided. Bed bugs are pesky nightmares for both adults and children. Fortunately, bed bugs can be handled, but children may take on the bed bug battle with far more difficulty, making handling the problem quite difficult. It’s crucial to be aware of how to identify bed bugs on a toddler, how to treat them and prevent bites in the future. 

Read on to discover everything you need to know about bed bugs on toddlers.

What To Look For

Bed bugs appear as red, flat and visible welts as clusters or in a zigzag line on both adults and children. Often, the bites will become visible three to four days after the child has been bitten. The bed bugs are mainly active at night as children and adults rest. You may easily confuse and mistake other insect bites for bed bug bites, which is why it’s important to be aware of the differences between them. Bed bugs are pests that primarily feed on exposed skin as you sleep, such as the arms or shoulders. Look under the mattress and the surrounding bedding of your toddler’s bed for signs of fecal stains, blood or bed bug exoskeletons. There is sometimes a prominent, musty smell that accompanies bed bugs that you can spot.

Can Bed Bug Bites Harm Children?

As irritating and uncomfortable as bed bug bites may be for both children and adults, they often do not require medical care. A bed bug bite is rather itchy and irritating until it is properly treated. The main side effect of the bite is irritation, which can keep your child restless and unable to sleep at night. 

How To Treat Bed Bug Bites

Treating bed bugs is different for babies and children as well as the severity of the bite itself. Consider the following when treating:

Treatment For Babies: To safely treat bed bug bites on a baby, try the following:

  • Apply antiseptic cream to the irritated area
  • Thoroughly clean the bite with water and soap 
  • Apply an ice pack to the bite in intervals
  • Apply a baking soda solution to the affected area


Treatment For Children: To safely treat bed bug bites on a child, try the following:

  • Apply antiseptic ointment
  • Apply a corticosteroid ointment 
  • Apply oral antibiotic if the bite is infected 

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