What should you do if your child gets a sting?
If the insect left a stinger, gently scrape the skin with a credit card to remove it without breaking it. If you don’t have a credit card use your fingers. Do not twist or turn as you remove it as this could break the venom sack and spread it.
- Wash the area with soap and water.
- Apply a cold compress over the area for a few minutes. Apply calamine lotion for itching or a 1% hydrocortisone cream or topical antihistamine (if the skin isn’t broken or scabbed).
- Call 911 if your child has signs of a severe reaction (anaphylaxis). Look for trouble breathing, chest discomfort, coughing, or develops a hoarse voice, hives, or swollen lips or tongue. Be prepared to do CPR if necessary.
- Get medical attention if your infant got stung.
If the sting is in the mouth seek medical attention. Call your doctor if there are any signs of infection, redness, swelling, pain at the sting site.
A bumble bee leaves a stinger and dies. Wasps and yellow jackets do not leave a stinger. They can sting multiple times. Get your child away from the area as quickly as possible.