Insect bites and stings are quite common, especially during the summer. These bites often result in swelling and redness in the injured area. Insect bites and stings can also cause severe allergic reaction which can be life-threatening.
A child’s reaction to an insect bite or sting will depend on their sensitivity to a particular insect, and if the child has been bitten or stung more than once. Some children only have mild reactions to insect bites, while others have severe symptoms that need emergency treatment. A number of insect stings from wasps, fire ants, and yellow jacks may lead to localized redness, pain, and swelling, but it can still result to severe allergic reactions. For this reason, insect bites have left many parents wondering whether they need to take their children to the hospital, or if first aid treatment will do.
Insects Bites And Stings: The Most Common Culprits
Insects do not typically attack humans unless they are provoked or threatened. Most insect bites are defensive, and these usually occur when the insects are protecting their nests. Nonetheless, it is undeniable that insect bites and stings can be dangerous for your kid’s health. A sting or bite injects a certain type of venom which is composed of proteins and other substances can trigger certain allergic reaction in the child. Most insect bites and stings result to redness and swelling within the injured area.
Bees and wasps: A bee will leave behind its stinger that is attached to a venom sac, while wasps can inflict multiple stings since they don’t leave their stingers in the skin. If your child is stung by a bee or wasp, you must wash the affected area immediately with soap and water. You must do this at least two times a day until the skin is completely healed. You can also apply an ice pack which is wrapped with cloth for a few minutes. If your child experiences pain, you can give them ibuprofen, such as Advil. If your kid is experiencing any allergic reaction, go to your doctor immediately.
Other insects that can inflict bites and stings include: fire ants, which injects their venom using the biting part of their jaw and rotating bodies; mosquitoes, which can cause malaria and West Nile Virus; ticks, which can transmit Lyme disease; and so on.
How To Prevent Insect Bites And Stings
As a parent, you want to protect your children from the harmful effects of insect bites and stings, whether they are allergic or not. What you need to do is to find ways to minimize your children’s exposure to insects and bugs. The following tips can help protect your children from insect bites and stings.
Consult your doctor: If you suspect that your kid is very sensitive to insect bites, you can discuss it with your doctor. The doctor may recommend certain shots, such as hyposensitization injections, to lower your child’s severe reaction to future insect stings. The doctor can also prescribe a special injection kit containing epinephrine which is very helpful in case of emergency treatments.
Keep your home pest-free: Prevention must start at home. Your home must be free from insects and bugs, such as bees, ants, wasps, scorpion, and other dangerous pests. Since your child will spend most of their time at home, it is critical to keep your home free from unwanted insects and bugs by implementing effective pest control, and promoting sanitation and cleanliness.
Use insect repellants: Repellants can be applied on your children’s clothes, shoes, tents, and other gear. Applying insect repellants can help enhance protection against insect bites and stings. You can use insect repellants with Permethrin which is a highly effective repellant. The Permethrin-containing repellants are applied on clothes, bed nets, and shoes. Other insect repellants can contain DEET which is an active ingredient that can repel mosquitoes, ticks, and other insects. It is advisable, though, to avoid using this repellant more than once a day.
Insect bites and stings can result to different reactions among children. To avoid serious complications and life-threatening allergic reactions, you must take the necessary steps to provide a safer environment which is free from pests for your children.
Kris Lim is a mother of one, and she shares some tips and guidelines on how to protect your kids from insect bites and stings. She also contributes her pest control ideas to www.insightpest.com.