Tips on Treating Insect Bites in Children

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.

Bee Stings

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

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

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.

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Who Ya Gonna Call: When to Call the Pediatrician

Infants are naturally very fragile, and need to be handled gently. Some parents take their protectiveness too far and want to call a pediatrician for every weird symptom they detect on their baby. Rashes, colds, and fever are certainly causes for worry, but not all symptoms are dangerous for babies. Parents should learn exactly when their child is in dire need of a pediatrician.

There are several signs parents can monitor before they call in a pediatrician for help. These signs are easy to spot, and should automatically prompt for an emergency call. Creating an individual method to monitor baby patterns can greatly help in detecting illnesses. Note that parents should also have a pediatrician’s number handy for such urgent occasions.

Fever is one of the most telling symptoms that a baby isn’t feeling well, and parents shouldn’t hesitate to call a pediatrician. Vomiting, signs of dehydration, cough, and breathing problems are also causes for alarm. If the baby is unusually hard to placate or is difficult to wake, then it’s a grave sign that he needs urgent medical treatment. Other indications that aren’t part of the baby’s daily routine such as bloody stool, diarrhea, colds, and others must also be brought to the attention of the pediatrician.