What To Do If A Bee Stings Your Baby
With the arrival of all those pretty spring flowers, also comes the cute and buzzy bees. Bees do sometimes sting,...
With the arrival of all those pretty spring flowers, also comes the cute and buzzy bees. Bees do sometimes sting, but they're not menacing on purpose. Most of the time, it's more of a wrong place, wrong time issue. That said, if your little one does get stung by a bee, it's smart to know what to do.
- Look and see if you can see a stinger in your baby's skin. You'll see a tiny black dot on the skin and the black dot may be surrounded by redness.
- Most health professionals recommend trying to remove the stinger with a flat object, like a credit card. It's can be hard to remove a stinger with a flat card though. If you can’t scrap the stinger away, you can use tweezers so long as you're careful. Some researchers debate that tweezing will not actually make a bee sting worse, that's it's more important to simply get the stinger out. Overall, it’s best to get the stinger out, no matter how you do it. Some studies show that the longer the stinger remains in the skin, the redder and larger the wound area becomes.
- After removing the stinger, wash the area well with plain old natural soap and water.
- After cleansing the area, apply a cold pack for about 15 minutes or so, to reduce swelling.
- Neutralize some of the venom released by the stinger with an application of a bit of baking soda or solid antiperspirant on the wound.
- If your child is really complaining about pain at the sting site, ask your baby's pediatrician if a dose of baby acetaminophen or ibupropfen is okay.
- Shortness of breath
- Swollen tongue, hands, or face
- Stomach cramps
- Lack of breathing
- Problems swallowing