Sand mites-what are they?

  1. Had an interesting day today chaps.

    My No.2 child had a massive allergic reaction to sandmites! I refilled the sandpit to-day and they were all in, playing around doing kid stuff and then he came running upstairs screaming! I had a look and the back of his neck was red and raised so I put him in a cold shower and then went to put some calamine on it. Well! you should have seen it! All the way around his neck was wealted and swelling fast. I gave him some Fenamine syrup ( 5mls) and took him straight up to A&E.
    The doctor took one look at him and and got the big boy in. ( No. 2 is slightly asthmatic) Did his O2 sats, 75% !! Trouble breathing I panic, they gave him some more syrup and other stuff, four hours later his O2 is back up to 95 and his neck is back to normal!

    The doctor tells me he's allergic to sandmites! How the hey do I get rid of them???Poor kid can't play in his sand pit anymore! The other three didn't have a mark on them! I was never so scared in my life, if I hadn't had the syrup handy I hate to think what would have happened. The doctor said it would have come that much closer if he hadn't had it as quickly as he did.

    I shake when I think how close I came to losing him today. Any one know how to get rid of the damn things?
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  3. by   ShandyLynnRN
    oh that's awful!!! I have no idea how one would get rid of the nasty things though...I thought they were sort of like itsy bitsy fleas....I guess you could spray the sand pit, but then the kiddies couldn't play in it anyway...
  4. by   ptnurse
    I have no experience with sandmites, but a couple of years ago I was having trouble with a massive ant invasion in my yard in the mulch. My husband sprayed all the mulch with ant killer and then the next day he dug all the mulch up and put it in plastic bags. Then he sprayed the ant killer again and waited a few days before we got new mulch. If I were you I would get rid of the sand and just not replace it. It just is not worth the chance of another experience like that.
    How scarey! I hope that the boy is feeling better (mom too!)

    No experience here, just hugs!

  6. by   Aussienurse2
    He's fine, thankyou, back to his feral self! LOL!! But it's just like him to be the only one. Typical middle child syndrome.
  7. by   Beach_RN
    Ohhhh how scary... I'm glad he is ok!

    Contact the vet, they may know a way to get the mites out of the sand it may just need a few days in the sun to kill them. Im glad that he is feeling better and you were home when he pilled in the sand to play.
  9. by   renerian
    I am allergic to lots of things, have asthma. I would not let him play in it anymore as I really don't think you can get rid of them. Poor little guy. Does your box have a lid so you could put some dirt in it for him to play in? Messier I know but with a lid it works. That is what we did when I was a kid.