Treat a Sting
How to do it: Immediately scrape off the stinger with the edge of a credit card or a very dull knife. Wash the area with soapy water, then hold an ice cube on it for a few minutes.
Why it works: Scraping off the stinger -- instead of pulling it out with your fingers -- prevents any more venom from entering your child's body, while applying ice helps reduce swelling and pain.
When to call the doctor: If your child has an allergic reaction. Watch for difficulty breathing, swelling of the mouth or neck area, or a rash around the site of the sting.
Copyright © 2004. Reprinted with permission from the August 2004 issue of Parents magazine.