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How to Cope with Bee and Wasp Stings

 

A wasp sting will not usually be left behind in the skin whereas a bee sting will. The area will be red and swollen. The sting is usually painful for a few minutes so children will invariably be very upset.

Action plan…

  • Remove the bee sting with tweezers or by gently scraping with a (blunt!) knife.
  • Apply some baking soda (sodium bicarbonate) powder made up with a little water. For wasp stings use vinegar.image 9 How to Cope with Bee and Wasp Stings
  • If there is swelling, children over the age of two can be given antihistamines.

Contact the doctor if…

  • the child has had a previous severe reaction to a sting
  • the child is stung in the mouth
  • the child later develops a temperature and the sting area is red, swollen and tender (this can mean the area has become infected)
  • if the child becomes breathless or there are other signs of allergy such as a blotchy rash

One or two stings are rarely serious unless the child is known to be allergic to bees or wasps. If there are multiple stings contact a doctor for advice.

Dog or other animal bites
Always contact your surgery or hospital for bites that break or tear the skin and if there are cuts/lacerations which may need stitching. Where the skin has not been broken or not punctured by a tooth you can deal with it yourself. Wash the area carefully and apply an Elastoplast. A tetanus immunisation will only be required if a child has not had their baby immunisations at 8, 12 and 16 weeks. Many children are offered a pre-school booster which contains tetanus immunisation. This covers them for a further ten years. Keep an eye on bite areas for a day or two to check for infection – redness, swelling and tenderness.

Seek medical advice immediately for snake bites.

This article is a guide only – please seek advice from your medical advisor in all cases.

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