As a pediatrician, I must warn parents about the potential danger of Robert Fitt's treatment for mosquito bites (Deseret News, July 21). He recommends that very hot water be run over the bite for two to three seconds. This is very dangerous for young children. Their skin is much thinner than adults. Just a couple of seconds of contact with water that is as hot as an adult "can stand without burning" can cause serious burns to a young child. For young children, it is much better to treat itchy insect bites with any of the many over-the-counter creams and ointments available at most stores.
Steven R. Allen, M.D.Taylorsville