I have mentioned a few times that I have been dealing with mozzie bites on Molly and the fact is some have left a scar. There is one that worries me in the middle of her cheek on her beautiful face. I think with time they will fade and I have seen them gradually lose their redness but it is a source of heartbreak for me that her gorgeous beautiful baby face has some facial scarring.
I know I am not the only one that will have to contend with this so I thought I would document for others what I have found works for us.
This has been quite hard because she has been eaten during periods that I did not expect bug activity – AKA when it was cooler not in the warmer muggier months. Truthfully I was caught on the hop. I couldn’t even find the little bastards.
I have a safe child friendly bug light in Molly’s room that has a super sticky pad behind a blue light which attracts the mozzies and they stick to the pad. This definitely helped.
I have had to spray her room once a week as the lingering after affects of bug spray keep them away from her. Sure, I would like to go the non chemical route but I don’t think you realise how bad it has been.
Check all seals around windows and vents. Make sure there are no holes in your fly screens.
Don’t have lights on unnecessarily at night they are drawn to this.
Shut windows and doors!
We started putting a small amount of bug repellent (a herbal mix) on her face at night.
The after bite
I have tried a number of things. Until this last bout Molly didn’t scratch – clearly if you can avoid scratching do because this causes the infection that causes the scarring. Unfortunately Molly was doing it in her sleep and without thinking. We taught her to hold the bite with her hands but it was hard to stop.
1. Vinegar then paw paw cream – this was ok. The vinegar cleared the wound and dried it out stopping the wetness of bite. This helps with infection.
2. Steroid creams – Dermaid 1% soft. This helps a little bit but depending on the severity didn’t stop the scratch. For some bites this worked really well but these last few. i really would like to know what type of mosquito it was.
3. Claratyne – this is a hayfever liquid medicine that you can buy over the counter which is supposed to help the itching. Didn’t work that well. I guess it depends on the severity.
4. Ego Soov Bite Gel – this has been the best solution unfortunately found too late. A chemist took one look at her for something else and asked what the bites were. She had even been to the doctors! This has an antiseptic in it plus a cooling agent to stop the scratch. By far and away the best product we have used.
5. Inside of a banana skin – this actually works really well when the bite first starts but doesn’t prevent infection. Make sure the banana’s aren’t genetically modified (we don’t have GM foods in Australia but just in case) and preferably ones that are dosed in good herbicides. The potassium in the banana must help.
6. If the itching is happening at night – like it was with us I started putting sensitive skin band aids on her face to prevent her getting at the bite. I also found her face was rubbing on the sheets at night and aggravating the itch. You need to air the skin though as the band aid can cause an irritation if on too long. I even put on band aids at day care as well.
Getting rid of the scar
This has been hard. I didn’t realise this but keeping them out of the sun is better as the sun cases the pigment to darken. Thankfully it has been in the winter.
The best thing I have used so far is Bio Oil twice a day. We call it Molly’s make up and we are rubbing it in her cheek. This is vitamin e based oil and one that helps with scratch marks etc. I was using a specific vitamin e oil but the bio oil is working much better.
I have also tried using lemon juice as the natural acidic in this help lighten the scar. I haven’t done it yet but the inside of a tomato is also supposed to lighten and naturally exfoliate the dead skin off.
I have on the odd occasion used my exfoliation cream to rub dead skin off but I think I might try the tomato tonight.
The best thing is she is young so it will lighten and as she grows become far less noticeable. For me, well it is like the flatness on the back of her head. No one else notices it but I can tell you every dip, bump and non roundness there is. It’s a mama thing. It has stressed me out a bit and makes me upset. The doctor who saw it at her worst said the good thing is out of all the skin the face heals the best. Let’s hope she is right.
I hope this helps some other stressed out mama’s who are trawling the net at night looking for remedies! the best thing is to prevent (but that can be super hard) and try not to let them itch (again very difficult to tell a toddler to not itch).
Worst case scenario – a little bit of your concealer before a family photo can help a lot ;)