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Do insect bites affect children differently than adults?

In general, there may not be much of a difference, but that's not always the case. With mosquito bites, for example, adults can become less affected by the irritation in bites than children. Children can also be more susceptible to some insect bites - the close quarters and sharing of school make it easier to spread lice, and the active, outdoor nature of many children's summer vacations may make them more prone to mosquito bites.

The only difference between adults and children and insect bites is that adults have a history and know how they will react, while children do not. Insect and spider bites typically cause mild pain, itching, redness, and swelling. However, some people may have more severe allergic reactions to bites and stings, which can affect breathing and can be life-threatening. Children should therefore always be monitored until their reactions are known to caregivers.

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