What Does A Spider Bite Look Like On A Toddler?
Spider Bites In Toddlers — Causes, Symptoms & Treatments
- 1 Spider Bites In Toddlers — Causes, Symptoms & Treatments
- 2 Facts About Spider Bites:
- 3 Spider Bite Symptoms In Toddlers:
- 4 How To Treat Spider Bites On Toddlers?
- 5 Ways To Prevent Spider Bites In Toddlers:
- 6 First Aid: Spider Bites
- 7 More on this topic for:
- 8 What to Do If a Spider Bites Your Child
- 9 Spider Bites: What You Need to Know
- 10 Are They Poisonous?
- 11 What Do Bites Look Like?
- 12 Black Widows
- 13 WhatвЂ™s a Black Widow Bite Like?
- 14 Brown Recluse
- 15 WhatвЂ™s a Brown Recluse Bite Like?
- 16 Tarantulas
- 17 False Black Widow
- 18 Hobo Spider
- 19 What to Do
- 20 When to See a Doctor
- 21 Treatment for Black Widow Bites
- 22 Treatment for Brown Recluse Bites
- 23 Allergic Reactions
- 24 How to Prevent a Spider Bite
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Do you keep your home and garden clean to protect your child from potential bug bites? Do you dread that your hyperactive toddler has marks of spider bite on his skin? Well, if you can relate to the above situations reading this post is a good idea.
Nine out of ten people will cringe at the thought of a spider bite! Though, not all spiders are poisonous, it is best to keep these creepy creatures at bay especially when you have a tiny tot at home. Want to know how to spot a spider bite on toddler and treat it too? Check out this article to know all about spider bites in toddlers!
Facts About Spider Bites:
Spiders are not aggressive by nature, and they only bite when they feel endangered! All spiders contain some amount of venom to catch their prey. In most cases, spider bites do not lead to serious health complications.
Spider Bite Symptoms In Toddlers:
Unfortunately, parents often fail to understand if the scar or wound on a child’s skin is due to a spider bite. They may initially mistake the scars to be ant bites. If the toddler cannot speak or identify spiders, it can make detecting a spider bite even more difficult. You need to keep your eyes open for some commonplace symptoms of spider bites.
Redness of skin, itching, pain and swelling are common symptoms of insect bites. However, you should be cautious if you find the insect bite mark on the toddler’s skin is spreading, or there is drainage from the spot. If the pain does not subside within a few days, that can be a cause of concern too. After being bitten by a venomous spider, the toddlers may exhibit signs of distress like breathing difficulty along with scars on his skin.
Toddlers bitten by a brown recluse spider or a Black widow spider may suffer from scars on the skin. They may also exhibit the following symptoms in extreme cases:
- Stomach cramps
- Rapid pulse
How To Treat Spider Bites On Toddlers?
Here is the first aid you can give your toddler if he suffers from a spider bite:
- Clean the spot of spider bite with cold water and an antiseptic solution.
- You may also apply an antibiotic ointment on the affected area.
- Instruct your toddler not to rub the spot as it can lead to swelling and an increase in pain.
- You can ask your pediatrician to prescribe a painkiller for your toddler.
- If your child is suffering from severe discomfort, it is essential to immediate medical help.
Ways To Prevent Spider Bites In Toddlers:
Prevention is always better than cure. Here is how you can protect your toddler from spider bites:
Toddlers, out of playfulness and curiosity can venture into areas where spiders form nests. These include attics and dusty staircases, etc. You cannot always keep an eye on them. However, you can ensure they wear shirts with long sleeves and socks while playing to protect them from spider bites. To keep spiders away from home, use insecticides regularly. Ensure spare spaces like the basement or attic are kept clean. Remember to store these insecticides and sprays away from the reach of children.
A spider bite is not always poisonous, so do not hit the panic button. However, avoid experimenting with any home remedy to treat your toddler spider bite. Take your child to the nearest medical practitioner if your toddler’s discomfort does not subside.
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First Aid: Spider Bites
Because most spider bites don’t go all the way through skin, they usually cause only mild reactions. However, black widow and brown recluse spider bites can cause serious reactions and need immediate care. Allergic reactions to spider bites can happen but are rare.
Signs and Symptoms
Of a brown recluse spider bite:
- swelling or redness around the bite
- pain around the bite within 2 to 8 hours
- joint stiffness or pain
- nausea, vomiting
- body rash
- fever, chills, and body aches
Of a black widow spider bite:
- painful muscle cramps within 8 hours
- no bite on the skin (or only a small bite)
- belly pain and stiffness
- nausea and vomiting
- breathing trouble
Of an allergic reaction:
- swelling of the face or mouth
- difficulty swallowing or speaking
- chest tightness, wheezing, or trouble breathing
What to Do
If your child has been bitten by a spider:
- Wash the area with soap and water.
- Put an ice pack or a cool wet cloth on the bite area to relieve pain and swelling.
Get Medical Care Right Away if:
- Your child has any signs of an allergic reaction.
- Your child develops any kind of rash after a bite.
- Your child has severe pain or cramping.
- The area begins to look infected (increasing redness, pain, swelling, warmth, or pus).
- You think your child was bitten by a brown recluse spider or black widow spider.
- Make sure garages, attics, and woodpiles are free of spider webs.
- Make sure kids wear long sleeves and pants when playing around garages, attics, and woodpiles, etc.
- Firewood should be kept outside the house to avoid bringing spiders inside.
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What to Do If a Spider Bites Your Child
Have you ever worried that your kids will be bitten by a ‘bad spider,’ like a black widow or a brown recluse spider? Will you know what to do?
It can often seem like spiders are everywhere, and when you consider that more than 100,000 species of spiders have been identified, they probably are.
A black widow spider is typically easy to identify because of the classic markings on its body. Photo by Vincent Iannelli, MD
Even with only 4,000 species of spiders in North America, that’s a lot of spiders.
And believe it or not, that’s a good thing. All of those spiders eat up to 800 million metric tons of insects each year!
Fortunately, very few of these spiders are dangerous.
In the Unites States, just two species of spiders are poisonous enough to cause harm. They include the black widow spider (Latrodectus mactans) and the brown recluse spider (Loxosceles reclusa).
Even in other parts of the world that have more of a variety of venomous spiders, like Australia, that “reputation is bigger than its bite.”
It is important to remember than even venomous black widow and brown recluse spiders aren’t wandering around your house trying to attack your kids. They usually like to live in places where they won’t be disturbed. So unless your child was crawling through boxes in a closet or attic, or some other place where they might have disturbed a spider, it is unlikely that any bites on their skin were caused by a “bad spider.”
And in most cases, any “bite marks” probably weren’t caused by a spider at all, as many experts think that spider bites are over-diagnosed. Many other conditions, including other insect bites and skin infections can mimic spider bites.
Symptoms of a Spider Bite
Surprisingly, most spider bites aren’t that painful. Although it may feel like a pin prick, many bites often go unnoticed, making it hard to know if you have been bitten.
Common spider bite symptoms can include a single bite mark with:
In fact, most spider bites will resemble a bee sting. Your child may also develop hives and other allergy symptoms if they are allergic to the spider bite.
Symptoms of a black widow spider bite cold include severe muscle pain and cramps, which develop within a few hours of the bite. Other symptoms might include weakness, vomiting, trouble breathing, abdominal pain, and high blood pressure.
Brown recluse spider bites can be painful. In addition to pain, these spider bites might cause burning and itching. Another characteristic finding is that the spider bite may look like a bull’s eye, with a red ring around a white center that turns into an ulcer.
Was Your Child Really Bitten By a Spider?
The most obvious way to diagnose a spider bite is to see the spider biting your child.
Keep in mind that since many of us have spiders in and around our homes, simply seeing a spider and then noticing a bite on your child doesn’t necessarily mean that your child has a spider bite.
As hard as it sometimes is to tell if a child even has a spider bite, it can be even harder to determine what type of spider actually bit him. Again, seeing the spider can help, as “bad spiders” have very characteristic features.
The black widow spider is jet black, with a red hourglass marking on the underside of their abdomen. Brown recluse spiders are smaller, are yellowish-tan to dark brown, and have a violin shaped marking on their back.
Should you try to catch a spider to help your doctor identify it? Probably not, as you are more likely to bring your pediatrician a crushed spider that is impossible to identify than anything useful. And you should likely be concentrating on taking care of your child after he has been bitten, instead of chasing after the spider.
What to Do If a Spider Bites Your Child
For most spider bites, you can follow some simple home treatments, including:
- washing the spider bite with soap and water
- apply an ice cube to the bite for about 20 minutes
- giving your child a pain medicine, such as acetaminophen (Tylenol) or ibuprofen (Motrin or Advil)
- applying a topical antibiotic ointment to the bite two or three times a day
- applying a topical steroid cream to help control itching and redness a few times a day
- continuing home treatments for one or two days, the typical time that it takes a spider bite to go away
Of course, you should seek medical attention if you think your child was bitten by a black widow spider or brown recluse spider, or if any spider bite seems like it is getting infected, with increasing redness and pain after a few days.
Don’t overlook the fact that your local poison control center (1-800-222-1222) can be a good resource if you think your child was bitten by a poisonous spider.
What to Know About Spider Bites and Kids
Other things to know about spider bites include that:
- Even the poisonous black widow spiders and brown recluse spiders rarely cause life-threatening symptoms or death.
- In addition to seeking medical attention for a black widow spider or brown recluse spider bite, see your pediatrician if a spider bite isn’t getting better in a few days.
- Kids may need a tetanus shot after a spider bite.
- Spiders usually bite just once, so if a child has multiple bites, then it likely isn’t from a spider.
- Although parents often look for the double fang marks in trying to identify a spider bite, they usually aren’t seen, and even when you see “fang marks,” it doesn’t mean that your child was bitten by a spider.
- Instead of a black widow or brown recluse, it is more likely that you will come across a more harmless spider in or around your home, like a grass spider, wolf spider, orb weaver, or daddy-long-legs.
Most importantly, teach your kids to avoid spiders by shaking out shoes and clothing that are lying on the floor and not storing boxes or other items on the closet floor or underneath your child’s bed. You can help keep spiders out of your child’s crib or bed by making sure any bedding doesn’t touch the floor.
And remember that spiders eat insects, so might help keep your kids free of other types of bites.
Spider Bites: What You Need to Know
Are They Poisonous?
Spiders are blamed for all kinds of things that turn out to be skin infections or some other bugвЂ™s fault. Most donвЂ™t even have fangs long enough to break your skin. When they do bite, they’re typically harmless. In the U.S., only the black widow and brown recluse have venom strong enough to really hurt you. And their bites are rarely deadly to humans.
What Do Bites Look Like?
TheyвЂ™re pretty much just like an insect bite. For the most part, you canвЂ™t tellВ a spider bit you just from your symptoms. YouвЂ™ll get a little bump on your skin. It might get red, itchy, and swell up a bit. It might hurt, but no more than a bee sting and usually not for more than an hour or so. ThatвЂ™s basically it — unless you’re bitten by a venomous spider.
This spiderвЂ™s telltale sign is the red hourglass shape on the bottom of its big, round abdomen — the back part of the body. Black widows are shiny and black and about half an inch long. You can find them anywhere in North America, but mostly theyвЂ™re in the southern and western areas in the U.S. They like quiet, out-of-the-way places like closets, sheds, garages, and woodpiles.
WhatвЂ™s a Black Widow Bite Like?
The bite feels like a pinprick, so you may not notice it. The first signs might be small, red marks with some swelling. Within an hour, itвЂ™ll hurt a little more, and the pain might spread to your back, belly, and chest. You might have stomach cramps, and your belly might feel a little stiff. You may also sweat a lot. In serious cases, you can have trouble breathing, along with a fast heart rate, nausea, and vomiting. The area around the bite may continue toВ get redder and more swollen.
People sometimes say to look for the small violin shape on the part of the body where the legs attach, but thatвЂ™s easy to get wrong. Check the eyes instead. Most spiders have eight eyes in two rows of four. Here, look for six eyes: two in front, and two on each side. They live mostly in the southern Midwest and parts of the South. They like to stay indoors, tucked away deep in the stuff in your basement or attic.
WhatвЂ™s a Brown Recluse Bite Like?
You might feel a little sting at first, but itвЂ™ll hurt more over the next 8 hours. You also might see a small white blister that has a red ring around it, like a bullseye. Sometimes, the skin in the middle of the bite can turn blue or purple, and you may have an open sore that gets bigger for up to 10 days. It doesnвЂ™t happen often, but some people also have other symptoms like fever, chills, rash, and an upset stomach.
Their big, hairy look is much worse than their bite. At least this is true for the ones in the U.S., where you find them mostly in the Southwest. Make no mistake, their bite hurts, sometimes for up to a week. It might also get red and warm, but thatвЂ™s the worst of it. Some types of tarantulas can also flick fine barbed hairs from their belly at you. If these stick in your skin, they can cause itching, swelling, and irritation.
False Black Widow
These look a lot like black widows, but they donвЂ™t have the red hourglass. And their color ranges from purplish-brown to black. They like to cozy up in homes along the Atlantic, Gulf, and Pacific coasts. Pain from their bite can get worse in the first hour and you may get some blisters around it. It might make you feel generally sick with a headache or an upset stomach, but this will pass within a few days.
At one point, these were thought to be really dangerous, like the brown recluse. But the past 15 years of research says theyвЂ™re mostly harmless. You wonвЂ™t get much more than some redness and mild pain, and maybe some swelling. TheyвЂ™re found in the Pacific Northwest, usually in places like woodpiles and retaining walls. They often have a light stripe running down the middle of their bodies.В
What to Do
The first steps are the same for all spider bites, even those from a black widow or brown recluse. Clean the area with soap and water and put on some antibiotic cream. Then take a cloth and wet it with cold water or wrap it around some ice and put that on the bite. If you were bitten on your arm or leg, raise it up. You can take acetaminophen or ibuprofen for pain and an antihistamine for swelling.
When to See a Doctor
Get checked out right away if you have symptoms beyond the bite, like serious pain in your belly, cramps, throwing up, or trouble breathing. You also should see your doctor if you have an open sore or a bullseye mark, or if the bite gets worse after 24 hours. Look out for things like pain around the bite getting worse, redness thatвЂ™s spreading, and fluid coming from the bite. If you can do it safely, take the spider with you, even if itвЂ™s dead.
Treatment for Black Widow Bites
You may get prescription drugs to ease the pain and relax your muscles. ThereвЂ™s an antivenom for black widows, but itвЂ™s rarely used because some people have a serious reaction to it. And itвЂ™s almost never really needed. ItвЂ™s saved for more serious bites in the very young, very old, or people who have other health issues.В
Treatment for Brown Recluse Bites
This is mostly about managing the wound so it doesnвЂ™t get infected. If you have a bump and redness, your doctor might recommend antihistamines or a cream to help with swelling and itchiness. For an open sore, you need to clean it daily and use antibiotic cream. From there, you should keep an eye on things, especially for symptoms beyond the bite, like fever or chills.
ItвЂ™s not very common, but just like with bee stings, some people are allergic to spider bites. Watch for swelling in your face or mouth, trouble talking or swallowing, tightness in your chest, or trouble breathing. If you feel any of these symptoms or see them in someone youвЂ™re with, get help right away.
How to Prevent a Spider Bite
If youвЂ™re poking around in woodpiles, sheds, attics, and other areas, wear long sleeves andВ a hat, and tuck your pantsВ into your socks. Make sure to shake out work gloves, boots, and clothes you havenвЂ™t used in a while, because spiders can hide in them, too. And donвЂ™t keep rocks, lumber, or firewood near your house. Inside, donвЂ™t put your bed directly against the wall, and donвЂ™t store things under it.
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