As a parent, dealing with a bee sting on a young child can be a scary prospect. However, knowing how to handle the situation in advance will give you the best chance of minimizing the damage and keeping your child before getting things back to normality. Here are some tips to handle a toddler bee sting.
What to Do If Your Toddler Gets Stung by a Bee
Remember that quick action is vital
Bee and wasp stingers contain venom, which will be pumped into the victim over time. So, the quicker you remove the stinger from your toddler’s skin, the less damage it will do.
The stinger is the black needle-like item that is likely to be in the middle of the affected area. To remove the stinger from Africanized honeybee stings, you’ll want to use a credit card or your fingernails to flick it away. While pulling it out with tweezers may seem natural, it could cause more damage than good by releasing additional poison.
Wash the toddler bee sting area with soap and warm water to kill bacteria and prepare the area for the next stage of treatment. While doing this, it’s vital that you remain calm for your child’s sake. Meanwhile, you may find that distracting them with their favorite TV show may take their mind off the pain.
Treat the area
After cleaning the area, you should use an ice pack to relieve the pain and reduce the swelling. Do this for around 15 minutes.
Following this, gently dab a solution of baking soda and water to the area. This should draw out some of the venom while also relieving the pain further. You can also use painkillers, but you must always stick to the limits stated on the packet.
The pain should subside within a few hours. However, the swelling may continue for a little longer (up to 48 hours), which is why you may want to keep icing it on a regular basis for this duration.
Should You Take Your Kid to the Hospital for a Bee Sting?
In most cases, the combination of the above home treatment and a lot of TLC should suffice, leading to the bee sting to fully recover within a matter of days. However, it is possible that your toddler will suffer an anaphylactic shock.
If your child is allergic to bee stings, he or she may experience some allergic reactions within a few minutes or after a few hours. Here are the symptoms to look out for:
- Breathing problems
- Swollen face or mouth
- Dizzy spells
- Loss of consciousness
- Pale skin, blotchy skin, or hives
- Rapid or weak pulse
If your child has had a minor reaction, the doctor may prescribe an over-the-counter medicine that should be taken for a few days. However, it’s always better to be safe than sorry, which is why heading to the E.R is crucial if those above symptoms start to surface. Even if your baby doesn’t have a reaction, victims of multiple stings should be seen by a medical expert too.
Most children outgrow their allergies to bee stings, though. So, even if your toddler gets stung again in later years, you might not encounter the same scenarios—which will come as a relief.
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