If you ever see a child have a run-in with a bee, a wasp, or a pile of fire ants, you know his reaction: He's hightailing it out of there (and high-screaming it while he's at it). If he does get stung, bitten, or swarmed by an angry insect, then you need to be prepared to run triage when he comes running.
Stay calm to help him calm down, and follow these steps:
- Brush any remaining insects off him.
- Scrape away any remaining stingers, using a credit card or a fingernail. Don't pinch the stinger, because that may force more venom into the skin.
- Put ice on the site of the sting and elevate the part of the body that was stung. You can also try applying a penny, which will oxidize (turning a cool green) as it draws some of the ouch out of the sting.
- Give your child an oral antihistamine to control the swelling, relieve any itching, and slow down the allergic reaction. Ibuprofen or acetaminophen can be used alternatively to relieve any pain.
- And, of course, call 911 if your child has any difficulty breathing or experiences severe reactions.
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