Insect Bite Information
For many autistic kids, insect bites can cause extreme swelling and itchiness.
Because this is a subject that is discussed frequently on many message boards, I have compiled here, in no
particular order, the ideas posted by parents which have been found to be helpful for their children. You
may need to experiment to find which idea/s work for YOUR specific child.
Ideas for bug bite swelling/itchiness:
- Syclovir paste. Baking soda paste. Epsom salt paste. Meat tenderizer paste. Or just use mud if outdoors.
- Aloe gel.
- Plain isopropyl rubbing alcohol. Plain distilled vinegar.
- Cod liver oil or anything high in Omega 3, rubbed on the bite.
- OTC yeast infection cream.
- Benadryl spray.
- Sting Stop, a homeopathic gel from the health food store.
- After's Tender Bite or Skeeter sticks (both brand names). Note for relief of stings and
bites: AfterBite is dilute ammonia. Skeeter Stik is Benzocaine and rubbing alcohol. Be careful,
the ammonia can sting the eyes. Use care when applying to the face, especially the forehead.
It is a bit runny at first and can drip down into the eyes.
- Enhancing sulfur chemistry [addressing phenol issues, epsom salt baths] and taking B vitamins.
- Homeopathic Remedies for Insect Bites and Stings
- EpiPen, if it is a severe allergic reaction.
Ideas to keep bugs away:
- B vitamins, especially B1, will make the body not smell good to bugs.
- Bug Repellant bracelets. Nothing to spray on the child. The bracelets are soaked in citronella and lemon grass oil.
- Small electronic repellers that make the sound that dragonfiles make. You turn them on and the mosquitoes won't come near you because you are a "predator".