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Is there a particular over-the-counter ointment I should put on my 22 month old's bug bites?

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Dr. Robert Kwok
Pediatrics
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In brief: Can try HC1%, Itch-X

For bug bites, a toddler can take over-the-counter oral Benadryl (diphenhydramine) to block histamine, which causes itching.
Putting Hydrocortisone 1% cream 2-3 times a day on the bites for 4-5 days will help them go away. For more itch relief, one can add an anti-itch gel such as "itch-x" on the bites. Itch-x has an anesthetic to numb the itch. If bites are growing large or are painful, a doctor can evaluate.

In brief: Can try HC1%, Itch-X

For bug bites, a toddler can take over-the-counter oral Benadryl (diphenhydramine) to block histamine, which causes itching.
Putting Hydrocortisone 1% cream 2-3 times a day on the bites for 4-5 days will help them go away. For more itch relief, one can add an anti-itch gel such as "itch-x" on the bites. Itch-x has an anesthetic to numb the itch. If bites are growing large or are painful, a doctor can evaluate.
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