Taking the sting out of an itchy mosquito bite

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That’s what the bite looked like after it was treated.

So if you’re looking for a natural way to scratch that itch once and for all, here’s what I do to keep bugging bites to a minimum.

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But first, a little background.

A few weeks ago, my four year old woke up with a mosquito bite on her cheek that had swelled so much she looked like she’d had a wisdom tooth pulled.

She doesn’t bother much with bites when she’s awake, but if she happens to rake at them while she’s sleeping, I’m greeted with that giant, red welt in the morning. So I’ve started pre-treating to avoid the itch and possible resulting scratch-related infection.

mosquito 1 300So when she got this bite on her instep I had to act quickly to prevent it from doubling in size over the next few hours.

I soaked a cotton ball in apple cider vinegar and plastered it over the bite with a Hello Kitty Band-Aid and left it there for the night.

The next morning, we took everything off and the swelling had decreased and the redness had begun to fade.

But if the bite is in a sensitive place like a hand, or the bottom of a foot, exposing it to air can trigger the itch again.

So the next step is to mix a little baking soda and water to make a paste, use your finger to cover what’s left of the bite and leave it. By the time the baking soda dries and start to flake off, the itch should be gone.

No noxious chemicals, no scabby spots and you don’t have to pointlessly ask a little itchy kid not to scratch. ‘Cause as you probably know, that doesn’t work.