Children and Bee Stings: What You Need to Know

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Young children find everything interesting, sometimes that includes bees, ants, and anything else that buzzes and moves around. If there are bees or wasps in your area, or fire ants, there is a very good chance your child will have a collision with one of them. It’s best to be prepared.

Bees deliver venom through their stinger. If your child is stung by a bee, you want to get the stinger out as quickly as you can. Once you remove the stinger you should wash the area with soap and water. You should put ice on the area for 20 minutes at a time. If there is any redness, or your child appears to be having pain and/or itching, you can give him Benadryl at the appropriate dose for his age, and Tylenol or ibuprofen, again at the appropriate dose for his age.

Bee stings always hurt and itch. It is also very common for a local reaction to occur. This means the area around the sting will swell and get red. If your child was stung on the foot, for example, after stepping on a bee, the whole foot may become red and swollen over 12 to 36 hours. That is a local reaction to the bee sting. It is not dangerous.

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You have to keep an eye on the local reaction. Sometimes a child can develop a bacterial infection after a bee sting, although it is very unlikely. It may start during the same time you would expect a local reaction, or it may begin after that. Some of the indications of an infection include fever, oozing, or pus coming from the area, and increasing redness and pain. Sometimes it is very hard to tell the difference, and you will need to take your child to the doctor.

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  2. Avatar of Timothy Timothy says:

    So glad NONE of our kids have this issue

  3. Avatar of ana jasper ana jasper says:

    i think unless the child is having an allergic reaction theres no need to get over excited

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