Updated: Oct 31, 2019
So. You’re a freshly-minted parent . . . with a freshly-minted baby! Well, even if you’re not and this is your second or third child, you still have to contend with the same things: seemingly non-stop diaper changes; feedings, feedings, and yet more feedings; and, of course, sleepless nights without end! All par for the course. And yet those first few rough years do come to an end, eventually.
What Are Those Bites on My Baby?
What is definitely not “par for the course” is getting your baby up in the morning and finding that he or she has red or pink bumps in lines or clusters on their skin. Of course, if your baby has especially sensitive skin, those abrasions may well appear as large welts.
Like most of us, you might immediately jump to the conclusion that your infant has fallen victim to bed bugs!
And you may well be right. But what if you’re not? Perhaps what you’re seeing are mite bites? Perhaps even scabies! How are you to know if you have scabies or bed bugs?
Well, obviously you should get your infant to the doctor as soon as possible. However, it would help if you could give your pediatrician some idea of what they’re dealing with.
Bed Bug? Scabies? Mites? Getting It Right.
The problem is that a superficial look at the marks on your baby might not make it clear if your baby has scabies or bed bug bites. The bites can look very similar.
Bed bugs and scabies (which is a skin infestation caused by a mite known as Sarcoptes scabiei) are also alike in that they feed on human blood; only one does it from outside, and the other from the inside. Bed bugs suck blood as they sit atop the skin, while scabies burrow under the skin to feed and lay eggs. Unfortunately, scabies are tiny, and virtually invisible, eight-legged mites (related to spiders and ticks),
which means you can’t see them with the naked eye.
If your doctor determines that the marks on your baby are bed bug bites it should come as no surprise that they are your first warning that these pests have invaded baby’s bedroom and perhaps the entire house! Bed bugs usually like to bite those areas of skin that are exposed during sleep, typically the shoulders, arms, legs, back and face.
Scabies and Bed Bug Treatment - a Must!
And, as with scabies, so with bed bugs: Without treatment the problem will only get worse. If you don’t take steps to eradicate them the bites will continue to appear as the infestation grows. So, hunt them down immediately!