What should I do if my child is stung by a bee?

Bee stings can be painful and traumatic for children. However, unless the child has a known allergy, stings are typically harmless. The first thing to do is to remove the stinger as quickly as possible. Several studies have shown that despite popular belief, it is not important how you remove the stinger; more important is removing it as quickly as possible, as delaying even a few seconds results in more venom being released into the area, which can cause more swelling and pain. There aren't any proven remedies to ease the pain of a bee sting. However, Tylenol, Motrin and cool compresses are probably the best and most effective.

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