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Andi Manzano's Guide To Mosquito Bite Reactions On Your Kids

Radio jockey, TV host, actress and full-time mommy Andi Manzano-Reyes, helps you identify mosquito bite reactions on your kids that you should NEVER ignore.

Raising Olivia means playing outdoors most of the time. And with so many cases of dengue during the rainy season, I looked up and found which kinds of mosquito bite reactions we shouldn't ignore. Whether it's a small bump or a blister, it's important to check it out as fast as possible!

Did you know? Only the female mosquito bites! Female mosquitoes need blood as a protein source for egg development. While you cannot always prevent mosquitoes from biting your little ones, you can make sure they do not get anything from mosquitoes by paying close attention to the reaction of your child's skin to the bite. 
Here are the most common mosquito bite reactions on your kids that you should never ignore:
Red bumps
This is the most common reaction to a mosquito bite. These are small round bumps that become red after one to two days. You have absolutely nothing to worry about when you see this kind of reaction on your child's skin. This is a minor allergic reaction to the proteins in the mosquito's saliva.
What I do when this happens to Olivia, I place a cold compress on her skin to prevent any scratching and itching – it usually goes away after a day or two.
Welts are slightly raised flat-topped bumps that are redder than the surrounding skin. This usually occurs when a mosquito takes a while to feed – the longer a mosquito stays on your child's skin, the more mosquito proteins are released, causing a more visible reaction. 
Consult your doctor immediately if you notice your little one is breaking out in welts. Experts may prescribe an antihistamine to counter your child's allergic reaction.
Fever and hives
Now if your little one develops excessive swelling where the mosquito bit him, accompanied by a fever, he may have Skeeter Syndrome. This is an allergic reaction to mosquito bites, characterized by hives and inflammation – if you see these symptoms on your child, it's best to bring him to the doctor immediately.
The best way I make sure I see none of these reactions on Olivia is to prevent mosquitoes from coming near her. I make sure my home is clean and screens protect our windows. I throw away anything that may catch and store water, to prevent mosquitoes from breeding. I also always make sure I put kid-friendly mosquito repellent on Olivia like OFF! Insect Repellent Lotion
OFF! Insect Repellent Lotion is an effective way to keep mosquitoes off of your child - with its active ingredient DEET, which is a safe ingredient registered with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). It is a reliable ally in preventing mosquito-borne diseases so you can have peace of mind all the time. I know I do!
This article was created by Summit Storylabs in partnership with OFF! Mosquito Repellent.