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Protecting Kids From Bug Bites

July 11, 2014, 6:19 PM by Brittany Larson

Protecting Kids From Bug Bites

If you're outside when the sun is going up, or down then you already know that the bugs are especially plentiful this year. Mosquitoes, gnat and biting flies are out in full force this summer thanks to our wet spring.

Judy Larson is spending the morning at the park with her two kids. She says she can't remember when the biting bugs have ever been this bad.

"This has been the worst we have had this year since we have been here. We have been here four years and I haven't had to wear mosquito repellent at all before this summer," Larson said.

But even a good insect repellent can't always prevent all the bug bites.

"It hasn't kept them all away," Larson said.

This year especially mosquitoes have been out in full force. While many people love to spend time outdoors, some have to be seen by a doctor to help ease the itch from those biting bugs.

"We have had quite a few and it does seem to be mostly the little kids, because parents are just shocked to see these huge spots from one mosquito bite," Sanford Dr. Keri Orstad said.

Unfortunately, Orstad says you need to bitten a lot to reduce your reaction. That's why children can have a hard time with the certain bites.

"There's a variety of different reactions with different bug bites, but especially mosquitoes. Little kids are going to have more dramatic reactions, they are going to be red and swollen and a quarter size or bigger," Orstad said.

If you or your child does have itchy bug bites, Orstad has a few tips.

"Hit it right away with ice, that will cool it down and decreases some of the reaction, and does help with the itch. After that, there are a variety of things out there, mostly after-bite stuff that you can get at the pharmacy does help a little bit. Hydrocortisone, Benadryl," Orstad said.

For now, Larson has another alternative.

We haven't purposely limited our time outside but I notice when we do stay inside, we are not as affected," Larson said.

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