Insect bites

Insect bites

An insect bite is usually a red itchy bump. There may be a blister in the middle. Sometimes insect bites are painful (especially spider bites) as well as itchy.

Insect bites pamphletHow do you get insect bites?

Bites come from insects such as mosquitos, fleas or spiders.

What to do

  • check and clean the bite every day
  • wash the bite with cool water
  • keep your child's nails short and clean
  • do things to stop the itching like soaking in a cool bath, or putting calamine lotion or aloe vera on the bites
  • treat pets for fleas
  • put mosquito nets around beds, put insect screens on windows and close windows at night
  • wear close-fitting cotton sleeves or pyjamas
  • use children's insect repellent
  • go to the doctor if the insect bite is near the eye

What to do if it gets worse

Go to the doctor if any of these things happen:

  • the bites last more than 2 weeks
  • the red, swollen area keeps getting bigger or more painful
  • there is pus in the bite

This could be a serious skin infection such as cellulitis.

Time off from kura or school

If your child feels well they can go to kura or school.

Source: Workbase and Ministry of Health printout (PDF, 189KB)

This page last reviewed 21 August 2017.
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