Ok so me and my 2 year old son are both allergic to fleas. When one gets on us and bites us, we not only get bit A LOT, the bites break out in littler bumps and it all itches. Well we have no animals, yet we have fleas. The summer is hot, and it's common where I am for fleas to live outside in the grass, and thrive, they come in on us, or other various ways, and eat us alive! We've tried multiple things to try and get rid of them, but our town has fleas in any grassy areas. It's nearly impossible, well me and my boy's legs look all torn up from the bites, we have liquid anti-itch Benadryl that we use to help the itching but it only goes so far.
I Love my children more than anything, neither of my other children have the bites like me and my boy...Yet I have people, who are threatening to report me to child services for neglect.
I have never neglected my children, I play with them, I love them, I spend time with them, I teach them, I do everything for them, my family is very important to me. I've done all that I could and am doing all that I can to help with the flea bites, it's a combination of the area I live in, and allergic reactions to the bites.
I just hate that people think they know everything just by looking at the outside, and never trying to figure out the inside of things.
Tell those people to just shut up. It's a medical condition. I'm allergic to plane trees myself, should my mum get a report every time I sneeze?
Or, let me go ahead and report you. You have the same condition, and I'm sure no sane person would associate that with child neglection. Are you neglecting yourself too? O___O
Geez, people are stupid sometimes. But maybe, just a thought, you could see an allergist and see if he can come up with something more effective than Benadryl, maybe a mild oral antihistamine. Apart from the neglecting stuff (that is pure b******it) it seems to me like this condition is causing you a lot of distress (physically speaking), so I would give the allergist option a shot.
We have seen an allergen, and he said we could give him stuff but it's short lived, they're really no allergy medicine he could take around the clock. It's just really frustrating, because one of my biggest fears is child services, I grew up with them never doing right by the right party, always looking to score more money or prestige. I feel haven't slept well in two weeks over this, I've not been getting to sleep until around 1 or 2 am, and then I get up with my baby somewhere between 6-8am. Blah -_-;
On a positive note! I really love the CO&K has a rant section
My mom and I both have a hypersensitivity to certain insect bites/stings. Usually when we get bit by something, it'll create a huge mark no matter what kind of bug it was. I got bit by some kind of small outdoor flea type thing, and each bite reached an inch in diameter after I scratched them.
I use hydrocortizone cream on all my bites and it really helps to stop the itch so they can go down in size faster. There are a bunch of new cortizone creams out that have aloe vera and some have something in them to cool the affected skin. I'd recommend either... they help a ton.
bleh I know what you mean anout judgemental people (kinda). I dont have kids but I do have a very high maitenance dog, though its not her falt she is a lot of work. When we lived in Idaho and New York, she never had any problems with fleas or allergies. But after we moved to Hawaii, something changed. Now she is allergic to pretty much everything, all bug bite but fleas are the worst, and she has to be in Ultra Hypo Allergetic Food, she takes pills to help keep away bugs every three weeks and get a special bath once a week.
It was when we were going thought the process of finding out what going on with her that people were always rude. The vet says that stress can have huge changes in animals and set off otherwise mild problems. So we think that the stress of moving, flying, being locked up in quarentine for 120 days and then her BFF (our cat or three years) dying, all right in a row, is what set her off. Anyway it started out as just mild fleas, which grew to mega fleas, which because she is so allergic gave her tiny pustules everywhere,that made her scratch non stop, inturn lead to open wounds, that then gave her a series of staff infections Oh and TONZ of hair loss. She looked so sad and misserable
We have to tie her up to our porch to put her outside, which she doesnt mind becuase she has food and water and a covered shady spot with a bed. And she loves the neighboor kids, she is also really well behaved and rarely barks. But I have a handful of time that people saw her out there and called animal control becuase they thought she was being neglected or abused!!! Even when I would take her to her regular dog park, that she looooove going to. People would talk about her, not to me, but to everyone else around I made sure the vet thought it was ok to go there, she didnt have anything contaigious, but still people dont even ask or care to, they just judge people by what they see on the surface.
I know mine is a dog and yours is a child, but I totally know how you feel about people jugding you. <3
Thank you guys! It's so good to have support on here!
Things with the bites seem to be worsening, a friend of ours just showed up, said he couldn't stay long because he wasn't aloud to say because his gram (who he lives with) Heard from some unknown source about Marcus (my son's) bits and such and now he can't come over because of them T_T; He's a teen from my youth group (I'm a leader) and he's close to my husband (who is his mentor) so it's just spiraling out of control -_-;
I would suggest you contact an exterminator or look into natural ways to rid fleas from your home. Whichever way you are more comfortable with.
My cats got fleas from the grass in our complex or the neighbors dog, still not sure which, but it was HORRIBLE! I hated every second and the worst was, I felt like my home was dirty. Finally we got rid of them and our kitties are much happier now.
*We vacuumed 3+ times a day and threw the contents away outside immediately. (We also shampooed the carpets)
*Washed all slipcovers, bedding, drapes, rugs, ect in HOT water.
*SWEEP, SWEEP, SWEEP again, throw the contents out ASAP otherwise they will just come back in.
*Take off shoes BEFORE entering the house, fleas can catch a ride in on your shoes.
*Got flea treatment for the kitties, this didn't help as much as we expected.
*Bathed the kitties in a flea treatment.
The thing that really helped was "Diatomaceous earth" I am guessing on the name but you get it at natural pet stores and it looks like white powder, it is crushed seashells that literally slices the fleas and larva, killing them. This is safe for pets, and kids and has no negative chemical side effects. After using this product we have had no problems with bugs of any type.
Check out this website there are ALOT of tricks to get rid of fleas naturally including treating the grounds outside your house with the above mentioned white powder and even flea eating worms.
On a side note, I am sorry you have to experience judgments based on something as silly as bug bites, but many of the foster children my family cared for were also covered in flea bites and when investigated it was discovered that they were either abused or neglected (example tied up and left alone when only 1 year old, or living in a meth house)
This does not sound like you at all, but it is comforting for me to know that people are aware that bug bites could be a sign of trouble. I hope my experience will enable you to rid your home of fleas. Also Calamine lotion and hydro cortisone seem to help the most with bug bites.
that is horrible, I hope it gets better for you.Im sorry this is so hard on you and your family.
I have never been able to understand why people cant mind their own business
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