More Than Just Bumps and Bruises: 5 Common Childhood Injuries
Bug Bite on the Eye
Bug repellents help protect kids from a wide variety of bites including those that carry disease such as ticks, and common bugs like mosquitoes, fleas, and flies. But what happens when your child is bitten in an area where repellents cannot be used—such as the eyes? The venom that insects inject into the skin can cause kids to itch and leave redness, bumps, and irritation.
Symptoms: Your child may have a bug bite on the eye if you can see a red, white, or pus-filled bump on the eyelid or surrounding area. Your child’s eye may be puffy, swollen, and sore.
Treatment: To decrease swelling, Dr. Csukas recommends applying a cold compress to the area. If swelling and itchiness worsen, an over-the-counter antihistamine can help relieve symptoms.
When to Call the Doctor: “If there is no improvement in one to two days, or the child develops a fever, increased pain, drainage from the site, or change in vision, call your doctor,” suggests Dr. Csukas.
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