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!
After too many horrible mosquito bite reactions, I began to research if he was allergic to mosquitoes. I needed an answer and I could not imagine living our lives like this! I came across this website that described a reaction similar to what Andrew has, as skeeter syndrome. His bites aren’t as severe as they mention but he certainly hits some of the symptoms a person with skeeter syndrome would have. The site also mentioned kids with weaker immune systems may be more prone to it. I consider Andrew a healthy child but I decided to buy a high quality probiotic to give to him (and us) to help build his gut health therefore, his immunity.
Then, a Miracle Happened
My really good friend Jessica (you may know her from Scratch Mommy. If you don’t, you MUST go to her site — she’s amazing) forwarded a photo of a Facebook post from another blogger that had put lavender essential oil on her daughter’s severe mosquito bite and within 15 minutes, the bite looked a million times better. Please make note that only Lavandula angustifolia and Lavandula officinalis should be used for children, not Lavandula stoechas.
It was worth a shot. I was desperate for something to help him.
Sure enough, we were playing outside with no signs of mosquitoes and then all of a sudden, I saw them buzzing around. We quickly went inside but we weren’t quick enough. Those pesky, blood thirsty mosquitoes not only bit him once, but three times on his leg.
I quickly ran for my lavender essential oil, rubbed a few dabs on him and the results were astonishing. I seriously could not believe how amazingly well the lavender essential oil worked. At that moment, I felt like a HUGE weight was lifted off of my heart and shoulders. Finally something that helped my little booger butt.
This is two days after being bitten by mosquitoes and applying lavender EO. Although the bites are large and red. there are no signs of blistering or swelling. Normally, the area would still be swollen and have blisters or clear liquid oozing out.
Naturally, I had to share with you. Sometimes I feel like it’s too good to be true to have found a remedy that is so effective but please believe me when I say, lavender essential oil ROCKS as an effective natural remedy for severe mosquito bites. I could not be more thankful! If you don’t already have lavender EO, you must get some to stock in your natural remedy arsenal — especially when it comes to combating moderate to severe bug bites.
Is Lavender EO Safe For Children?
I am no expert in essential oils but I know there are specific kinds of oils that can and cannot be used around children. Essential oils are very strong which means we should be mindful of that fact and not be blindsided by the current hype of using essential oils for everything. We still need to take precautions and we still need to do a little research ourselves before jumping into making a recipe that may be found online.
That being said, here is a great article for reference of which oils can and cannot be used on children. Luckily, lavender essential oil is one of the few oils that can be used “neat.” Please make note that only Lavandula angustifolia and Lavandula officinalis should be used for children, not Lavandula stoechas. This basically means lavender can be used topically on children without any type of dilution. However, it is recommended to do this only for short term instances like bug bites, wounds, or burns. You can read more about diluting oils for children and adults here.
Applying Lavender EO for Bug Bites
As soon as I notice that Andrew has been bitten, I grab my lavender EO and dab it on the bite area. The bite still swells but nothing in comparison to when no lavender EO is applied. I’ll add the lavender EO one more time that same day and then for the next following couple days, I dab some on once a day.
The results are truly amazing. The past few times I’ve used lavender EO as a remedy, there have been no blistering or scabbing which is almost unheard of with Andrew!
Brands of Lavender EO
I use Plant Therapy and I buy them through Amazon or their website. I know there is a lot of debate on which oils are best but honestly, I think the majority are great. Just buy what you can afford because it’s much better than reaching for a conventional drug.
***Update: Since writing this post, I have come up with a simple clay paste that helps Andrew’s mosquito bites tremendously. Click here for the clay paste recipe plus some tips for treating mosquito bites that I’ve learned over the years.