Treatments for Bug Bites and Stings

Not all little creatures are friendly -- some harass, bite, or sting. Our best advice: Steer clear of the baddies. (But here's what to do if you do get bitten.)

Bees

Baby Care Basics: How to Treat Bug Bites
Baby Care Basics: How to Treat Bug Bites
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Prevention: We love them in cartoons, but they sting in real life. Bees are attracted to bright colors and patterns, so you may want to dress your kids in plain and neutral colors if they're hanging out where the bees are. They love sweet-smelling stuff, so skip the scented bubble bath and cover sugary drinks. If bees still show up for lunch, tell your child to keep still like a statue.

Treatment: First, remove the stinger, but don't yank it out, which can release more venom. Instead, scrape it with a credit card and whisk it out gently. After washing the wound with soap and water, soothe the site with ice wrapped in a cloth. If your child has trouble breathing, develops hives or swelling, vomits, or has diarrhea after a sting, get medical help immediately.

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