Poor Izey, every time we visit Grammie and Grandad in MD, these Northern mosquitoes eat him alive! I don’t get it, because the Southern variety of pest is not a big problem back in NC… Remember last summer? Same thing happened (check it out here for last year’s photos and similar sad story).
Regardless, my toddler gets bitten despite my best efforts to spray him with non-abrasive chemicals and manually swat bugs away from him. Not only do the mosquito bites get super red and big and nasty looking, but of course they itch like crazy! So of course he scratches, and of course the bites get bigger, redder and infected.
No anti-itch cream seems to have any effect, nor do band-aids, cooling gel, ‘skin so soft’, or any other mother’s little helpers. And of course, this time Isaac’s very first mosquito bite of the summer was right on his eye area, AGAIN!
If you have seen the movie “The Hunchback of Notre Dame” you know what I’m talking about. Remember Quasimodo?
I prefer the Disney version as it is a bit more cheerful with the patented fake happy ending, but feel free to check out the old black and white film if you so desire. Both Quasimodo characters are lumpy, scary, and just so pitiful that you want to give them a hug, but then run away (at least that is my response).
With Isaac’s new eyeball explosion a.k.a. worst mosquito bite ever, he totally resembles Quasimodo! Do the comparison… See what I mean? Not that anything could make my cutie pie less adorable, well ok, the swollen and red eyeball is kinda of nasty, sorry Isaac!
What is it with his eyes? This has happened before with killer mosquitoes — they zone in on my baby’s big blue eyes and take a huge chomp. Pitiful! Isaac woke up after this latest run-in with the mean mosquitoes with his one eye almost swollen shut, it was pretty bad.
I am hoping things clear up soon; we are dosing him with Benadryl right now, but again, since this bite is so close to his eye I can’t put anything on it except a cold pack at 5-second intervals (which is how long he holds still for these days).
How do you keep your child bug bite-free during the summer months? Does anyone else get these bad reactions like my son? And why don’t they make baby Benadryl so I can give him more??? (: