Treat fleas naturally! ... their bites, the pets, and the house
Flea bites! Those itchy, irritating, sometimes swelling bumps for those near invisible bugs. Those tiny little things will invade your house and jump all over the place if you're not careful (and maybe if you are, in my experience.) To me, my animals are part of the family and getting rid of them over something like fleas is just not gonna happen. There are bound to be flea bites on my future children at some point or another, from the cat, the dog, or even a friend with pets with fleas! So, might as well figure out how to treat it now, eh?
You could try my usual method and scratch the living daylights out of it 'til you lose your mind, but I feel like there might be more effective methods. I think this is probably a two step process—safely treat the fleas, get the fleas out of your house.
To treat... Anything with an anti-itch property will be good. When I was a kid, my parents had this stuff that came in a pen-like tube, like the Tide-to-go stuff, and you just rubbed it on whatever type of bite it was. I think it was just called Bug Bite or something similar. But.. I'm a big ol' hippie. Plus, depending on how young the baby is, I don't know how I'd feel about rubbing chemicals all over them.
One thing that seems to help anything itchy on me is toothpaste, the white paste kind that dries all crusty. Since I'll be avoiding fluoride with my children, I think I'd go with Tom's unfluoridated toothpaste in case they lick it off (maybe the Propolis & Myrrh kind)
I'd say there are lots of essential oils that would do wonders too, as long as it's only a little bit and is used in a carrier oil. How about tea tree? Or peppermint? I know there are mamas on here who are better at the essential oil thing than me, what say ye? Oh, and which oils are safe to put on young skin without carrier oils?
Now... To get rid of them. I wish, dearly, that I could just lure them out of the house, but I'm not aware of how to do that. I dig some of the all-natural bug spray remedies like lemongrass oil (which totally smells like mint to me and nothing like lemons... donno who chose the name “lemongrass”) And I know spent coffee grounds work for blocking ant trails, but I donno that it'd do anything for fleas. Not gonna use a chemical bug spray around babies... But! My bff introduced me to what I thought was the most amazing solution! Diatomaceous earth!
You can buy a gigantic bag of this stuff on Ebay for like 10 bucks, and they have smaller ones too... but holy cow it totally works! No worries with the baby either. You can literally drink this stuff (I have done it.) It's just a super fine powder. You can sprinkle it in the carpets, on the mattress, you can even sprinkle it all over your cat or dog.
This is what Wiki says “Diatomite is used as an insecticide, due to its abrasive and physico-sorptive properties. The fine powder absorbs lipids from the waxy outer layer of insects' exoskeletons, causing them to dehydrate. Arthropods die as a result of the water pressure deficiency, based on Fick's law of diffusion”
So.. it literally sucks the life right out of 'em! Works for ants, spiders, fleas, bed bugs... All sorts of stuff! And lots of people swear by mixing a tablespoon in water and drinking it every day. It's not harmful to us bigger species at all as long as you get food grade instead of pool grade.
Though I don't keep up with drinking my tablespoon a day, I can say it works for bugs! It's rid many a flea on my kitties.
What remedies do you use to treat flea bites on children?
Have you used diatomaceous earth?