Understandably, the topic of children and bed bug rash is a sensitive one, so we’ve compiled a few tips on dealing with kids while getting rid of bed bugs.
First: be aware. Knowledge is key to helping your children understand what is happening in their home. The good news is the majority of the population – including kids – don’t react severely to bed bug rash. Reactions may appear more pronounced in children simply because they scratch more.
While bed bug rashes are usually not harmful, they can be upsetting, especially to young kids who don’t understand. As a parent, it’s up to you whether you feel comfortable telling your kids that you’re trying to get rid of bed bugs.
If you do tell them, there are a few things to keep in mind. Do research. Kids ask questions. If you can answer in a calm and rational manner, it’ll help put them at ease. Be calm and reassuring; they may already be aware something isn’t right. Since you’ll likely be going through intense extermination treatments, it helps if they understand why. Kids are accustomed to routine, so reassuring them that there’s no reason to worry is a positive first step. Opening a dialogue and letting them come to you with their concerns and fears may help.
Can children with bed bug rash go to school?
The simple answer is YES. Some advise against it, but if you’re careful and take precautions to prevent the spread of bed bugs, there’s no reason to deny your children normalcy. There is nothing you can do to guarantee that you won’t pass on bed bugs, however, so if you feel more comfortable keeping your children at home, that’s a valid choice.
Here are a few things you can do to make going to school safer if you have bed bugs in your home:
- Be honest. If you’re upfront about your attempts to remove bed bugs, others will be able to take their own precautions.
- Dress your kids immediately before they walk out the door to avoid them carrying any bed bugs on their clothes.
- Dry their clothing in intense heat to kill any bed bugs before they leave each morning. If you can’t do this every morning, dry a week’s worth of clothes and store them in air-tight bags.
- Store shoes in air-tight bags the moment they get home. The same with anything they bring back and forth from school such as backpacks.
- Reduce the amount of things they bring to school. The less stuff, the fewer places there are for bed bugs to hide.
In the end, you must do what you are most comfortable with while you deal with the extermination process to remove bed bugs and return your home to a safe environment for you and your children.
Magical pest control is offering free consultation over the phone, so if you’re concerned, we can help confirm whether or not you have bed bugs. Contact us at (905) 738-6676 or online to book an inspection.