Often, parents and caregivers are unaware of a child's allergy to certain animal stings until they have a reaction. The best course is always prevention, but if exposure does occur, use this guide to handle the emergency.
The Poison Control Center is a poisoning emergency information service staffed by nurses, pharmacists and doctors. They will answer your questions about what to do in the event of a poisoning, and can offer suggestions for the proper use and storage of pharmaceuticals and chemicals in the home.
All calls are free and completely confidential.
Rid your home and yard of any bee or hornet nest. ALWAYS use a professional for this task.
Avoid heavy perfumes or scented body washes and lotions. Bees and wasps are attracted to these, much like a flower.
Don't walk barefoot outdoors.
Tightly secure the lid on all garbage cans. Move them into the garage, if possible, to avoid unwanted pests.
Eating or drinking sugary foods outdoors will also attract insects. Make sure you properly dispose of all food afterward as well.
Never encourage your child to approach a child animal, even if it is only a baby. Wild animals are unpredictable and can be dangerous.
Teach your child to never pet a domestic animal without permission.
If the stinger is still present, remove it with your fingernail.
Wash all bite wounds with soap and water. Treat with an antibiotic ointment and wrap the wound securely.
Keep an eye on wounds, even minor ones, for reddness and swelling for up to a week after the event. If present, it may indicate an infection which will need treatment with an antibiotic.
Contact your pediatrician immediately if you suspect the animal is rabid. Contact animal control in your town to catch and destroy the animal.
If the child is having difficulty breathing or swallowing, or has swelling around the face, call 911 immediately.
Call the Poison Control Center for further advice.