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What treatment should my child get for a bite or sting?

Your child’s doctor will talk with you about specific care for your child. Some general guidelines to follow include:

  • If you have been shown how to use an “Epi-pen” for a known allergy, use it and then call 911 or come to the Emergency Room right away.
  • Remove stinger-flick it off (you can use a credit card or driver's license); do not pinch it
  • Put ice to site for 10 minutes; then remove it for 10 minutes. Repeat this process as needed to help reduce swelling.
  • Cut fingernails short to prevent scratching the skin
  • Apply a paste of meat tenderizer, baking soda, a wet tea bag, or Benadryl® Cream for pain until the area feels better.
  • Give an antihistamine for the itching, as prescribed by your child's doctor
  • Acetaminophen (Tylenol®, Tempra®, Panadol®) or ibuprofen (Motrin®, Pediaprofen®, Advil®) may be given for pain. Follow the directions on the box carefully or ask your doctor how much medicine to give.
  • Do not give your child more than 5 doses of acetaminophen in a 24-hour period.
  • Do not give acetaminophen to babies less than 3 months of age without talking with your child's doctor.
  • Do not give ibuprofen to babies less than 6 months of age without talking with your child's doctor.

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