Bees Go to Camp Too!

The latest report from camp is that our boys that left their home cocoon headed for camp in the mountains last week have sent a letter home that one of them has been stung by a bee.

Wow, what is the best way to treat a bee sting in children?

First of all find out if the child is allergic to bee stings. If so, get the child to a doctor. If not, there are home remedies that can be employed to treat the bee sting.

Act fast when dealing with bee stings in children. Bees leave their stinger behind along with a little of the bee itself which makes it imperative to pull the stinger out as soon as possible so the bee has as little time to do damage via the venom as soon as possible.

Wash the wound with soap and water and add an ice pack and wet cloth to the area for a little while. Many times this treatment is enough. If not, and the child is still fretful, a dose of acetaminophen or ibuprofen should make the child more comfortable. Children under six months old should not be given ibuprofen.

If your child’s skin is itchy check with your doctor or pharmacist for recommendations for over the counter medicines such as calamine lotion or
over-the-counter antihistamine and/or a corticosteroid cream can be used to help relieve the itching. You certainly don’t want the child to scratch the sting.

If the child is stung on the inside of the mouth rush it to the doctor. Also, if the child is wheezing or having trouble breathing, swollen lips, tongue, or face, wheezing or trouble breathing, swollen lips, tongue or face
Swollen lips, tongue, or face, hives, weak or rapid pulse, dizziness or fainting, loss of consciousness, nausea or vomiting.

Fortunately, treatment for anaphylaxis is quick and easy: A shot of epinephrine will relieve the symptoms very quickly.

If a large rash or lots of swelling around the bee sting or if the discomfort last longer than three days take the child to a doctor.