Bed bugs and Children

    While children are not arguably more susceptible to experiencing bed bug problems than adults, there are several ways that children can experience problems without the knowledge of their parent.

    Children may be at a higher risk of receiving bed bug bites if they are sleeping over at friends' homes. In fact, children who sleep in multiple environments are more prone to bedbugs because they are exposed to more potential bedbug habitats.

    There are several signs and symptoms that can show your child has been experiencing bed bug bites.  Your child may complain of itching, but there may or may not be a visible bug bite. What may start as a small bruise like area, may turn into red bumps on the exposed parts of the body.  You may see telltale signs of bedbug infestation such as bloodstains on the sheets, flecks of bed bug dung on or around the bed, or smell a sweet odor that results from large numbers of bed bugs.

    Once you have confirmed that your child has been bitten, the next step is to seek medical care. Your doctor may prescribe topical steroids to help relieve intensely itchy bites. If your child has a bacterial infection on the skin from scratching, the doctor may prescribe oral antibiotics.  Bed bug bites are difficult to visually diagnose.  If your child is continuing to get lesions, the child's doctor may need to take a small sample of skin to determine if he or she has some other skin condition.

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