Children are more hyperactive these days and tend to be curious about places when outdoors. It’s no surprise that they often stumble upon some hidden insect breeding grounds, earning the ire of the pests and ending up getting bitten. This is especially true during spring and summer, when insects proliferate. Below are some tips on how to treat insect bites in your kids.
The sting of bees may cause an allergic reaction, so watch out for symptoms like rapid swelling around the eyes, lips and tongue; call the pediatrician or emergency services when this happens. Look for the stinger in the child’s skin, if possible, and if you can, remove it with your fingers or with a set of tweezers. Keep the affected skin from swelling further by applying ice on it.
Mosquito bites may turn out itchy, so your kids will most likely keep scratching long before you even take notice. As soon as you learn of the bites, ask your children to stop scratching, and wash the irritated area with soapy water. Apply a numbing medication to stop the itchy sensation.
Spider bites can be tricky, as many spiders are poisonous. If you think that the spider may have been a poisonous one, or you see signs of a severe allergy, call 911 immediately. For spider bites that appear less critical, simply apply ice on the affected skin and an effective bite medication.