Childhood Diseases

Posted by: Raey | 2008/09/04


Preventing being bitten

My LO is 2 years old. The problem we have is that she gets bitten a lot by fleas that she picks up most probably in the sand pit at creche or inside self.
When she gets bitten, it gets big and then blisters. She can' t help to scratch esp. during the night. I rub Caladryl on and give her Allergex, but it takes forever to go away and eventually leaves a terrible mark. Her legs are full of marks already.
Is there something that I can give her to prevent her from being bitten as someone said I must give her garlic tablets.

Expert's Reply



This is a very unpleasant allergic reaction to flea bites which has the long name of papular urticaria.It usually disappears as a problem by about the age of 7 years. The rash is extremely itchy and difficult to treat.Caladryl is a good choice to apply to the sores and blisters.The best prevention is to give her a high dose of Vitamin B1 which is also known as Thiamine.Thiamine comes in tablet form and you would need to give your daughter a quarter of a tablet daily for 3 months. The tablet is very bitter so you will need to crush a quarter tablet and mix it with a little apple sauce.

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Posted by: Raey | 2008/10/09

Hi....Yes, I will try the Bactroban as well. Thank you. So far things are going well. Even though the tablet is bitter, LO takes it just like that with a glass of water and she will remind me about it too.
She was bitten once after starting the tablets, but instead of 20 bites, there was only 2 and they healed much quicker too.

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Posted by: Jean | 2008/09/05

Hi my daughter has the same problem. it ones took up to weeks for her sors to heal. the cream that work the best and fast was bactroban. its a antibiotic salf/cream and u can get it over the counter. i will also be trying the pils. i phoned a skin dockter about her problem and for the allergex it does not prevent the fleas or insects from biting her it only helps with the itchyness.
good luck.
i know what u r going thraugh

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Posted by: Raey | 2008/09/05

Thank you so much. Will be buying it today :)

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