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Old 08-18-2011, 04:07 AM
SuperShunt SuperShunt is offline
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Default Sensitivity to bug bites

My seven-year-old daughter was born with hydrocephalus and has had a V-P shunt since the age of nine days old. Through my reading, I've learned that many people with hydrocephalus experience extreme sensitivities - such as a sensitivity to sound. I was wondering if anyone has experienced extreme sensitivity to bug bites? My daughter seems nearly unable to cope with mosquito bites. They swell up terribly and cause her unbearable discomfort, which can't even be touched by an "afterbite" cream. I recently had to give her some children's Tylenol to help her calm down and reduce her discomfort from bug bites in the middle of the night. Anybody else had similiar experiences?
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Old 09-16-2013, 07:40 PM
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Yes, I have noticed a little bit of the same in my son. He is so incredibly sensitive to everything, especially bug bites. I am always putting cream on his bites after he comes in from any time outdoors in the evening. I've been trying to remember to spray him down with Off before he goes out to play. Why do you think they are so sensitive?
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Old 10-25-2013, 12:08 AM
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My little cousin who is afflicted with this condition, also suffers from bites as well. We have been trying to figure out why. He is always complaining, and rightly so.
We just try to make him as comfortable as possible by practicing prevention. We utilize the standard bug spray to make life a little easier for him.
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Old 11-01-2013, 12:50 PM
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Have you tried consulting a doctor on this too? It may be an underlying issue along side hydrocephalus that's causing the bites to be reacted with so badly.

If you already have, try to identify the source of the bites (ie. which insect is biting) and check for an allergy that you child may have in regards to that particular insect.
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Old 01-01-2014, 04:06 AM
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I don't know that my nephew has any extreme sensitivities like this, although to be honest, I've never asked. He did have a lot of digestive sensitivities when he was born, but I didn't think that the two issues had anything to do with each other. Now, I am starting to rethink this theory. This is something that might intrigue my brother for sure because my nephew had been to every doctor and specialist he knew, including Vanderbilt when he was little trying to figure out why he couldn't keep formula down. None of the doctors ever suggested that his hydro had anything to do with it. And, maybe it doesn't...but maybe it does.
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Old 01-01-2014, 04:18 AM
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My nephew doesn't have any sensitivities to bug bites that I am aware of, but he was born with extreme digestive sensitivities...and although he's been from one doctor to another, no one has ever said that his hydro has anything to do with it. I wonder if it might, though...I am going to pass this information along to my brother and let him explore this a little bit more. Thanks for posting this.
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