Out of all the fears that moms may have for their children, I think one fear that all us moms go through is the thought of our child(ren) being hurt on drastic levels.
There’s nothing worse then hearing a blood curling scream come from your little one or seeing him temporarily disabled because of a mosquito bite. Yup, you heard me — temporarily disabled!
For some strange reason, Andrew is extremely sensitive to mosquito bites. Like, it teeter-totters between being really, really serious and just being over sensitive. The first time I found out how bad Andrew reacted to mosquito bites we had just moved back to Florida (in the middle of July) and we were out doing something. That night, Andrew had been extra fussy and I wasn’t quite sure what was going on.
Yeah. The next morning, I was unpleasantly surprised with a baby in serious pain with a completely swollen leg. He must have had like 3-4 bites on his leg and HIS WHOLE LEG was swollen, tight and red. Andrew couldn’t walk on it and was in extreme discomfort for about 2 days. Then it turned into extreme blistering and oozing out clear liquid. From start to finish, the healing process lasted about 2 1/2 weeks. Because this was his first go-around with mosquito bites, he didn’t understand that he couldn’t itch them which, obviously, made the situation worse.
Horrible, right? And of course, we live in a state that is basically infested with mosquitoes. What’s a natural mama to do in this kind of situation?
Sure, we could put natural bug lotion on him but it’s so hard to remember to put it on EVERY single time we went outside (by the way, I love this bug lotion). So, for the past 8 months, I have been constantly stressed about Andrew getting a mosquito bite and how it would affect him. Every time we go outside, I’m like a tiger after it’s prey. I constantly watch around his body, ready to jump on any mosquito that lands on his skin.
There was no possible way a normal person would have such a serious reaction to a bite! The bite area swells so fast that literally in seconds it goes from non-existent to the size of a half dollar coin. Seriously. You just blink your eye and the mosquito bite is MASSIVE. Then comes the swelling and the pain. The bite area gets hard, warm to the touch and slightly discolored. Then the awful blistering and scabbing. It’s really the worst. Thankfully he’s learned to not scratch them, but still!