Insect Stings

July 20, 2017

 

As we continue to spend more time outside, making the most of summer, it helps to be ready to handle if your child gets stung or bitten by an insect, which can be scary and painful for kids.

 

Symptoms

  • Pain

  • Swelling

  • Redness

  • Itching

  • Warmth

  • Small amounts of bleeding or drainage

  • Hives

 

How to respond

  • Remove the stinger by gently scraping across the area with a blunt edge (i.e. credit card); do not pinch the stinger or try to pull it out as this can release more venom.

  • Apply a cold compress to ease any pain and reduce swelling (ten minutes on, ten minutes off).

  • For help reducing itching, try any of the following:

    • Applying a paste of baking soda and water

    • Using an over-the-counter product designed for insect stings

    • Applying an antihistamine/corticosteroid cream or calamine lotion

 

Preventative measures such as avoiding playing outside barefoot and regularly checking your yard for nests and hives can go a long way in helping to avoid stings.

 

If you have questions or would like more information, please call either office or contact us via our website.

 

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