Experts say the prime time for bee and wasp stings begins this month and continues through early fall. Dewey Caron, M.D., Ph.D., professor of entomology at the University of Delaware in Newark, offers the following tips to protect your family:
If your child is stung, use ice or a cooling lotion like Lanacane to relieve discomfort. It's also crucial to know the signs of an allergic reaction, which include severe swelling all over the body, difficulty breathing, and nausea. Call an ambulance or go to the emergency room right away if your child experiences any of these.
Copyright © 2002. Reprinted with permission from the August 2002 issue of Child magazine.
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