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
    • Paleness
    • Sweating
    • Hives
    • Difficulty swallowing
    • Hoarseness
    • Trouble breathing
    • Wheezing
    • 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.

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