Bee Stings and Insect Bites
First Aid Tips
- Remove stinger by flicking it with a driver's license or credit card. Avoid using tweezers, since this may pinch the stinger and cause more venom to enter the tissue.
- Use a paste of meat tenderizer (containing papain) or baking soda and water to break down the venom and decrease the pain. Tea bags or household ammonia and water solution diluted 1:1 may also help.
- Apply ice or cold compresses and give acetaminophen or ibuprofen for pain.
- For mild allergic reactions (localized swelling), oral antihistamines may help if the child is alert and able to swallow.
- Seek emergency medical help for these signs of a serious allergic reaction:
- Intense itching
- Difficulty swallowing
- Trouble breathing
- Swelling of the face, lips or eyelids
If a child has been injured, observe her carefully and use your good judgement. Always consult a pediatrician or other healthcare provider if you have questions or concerns regarding her injury; if the injury appears serious or life-threatening, call 911 and seek emergency medical assistance right away.