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4 Common Insect Bites And Stings: Symptoms And Treatments



When you find your child stung or bitten by insects in your garden or inside your home, the first thing that may come to mind is that an infestation may be present and that you need to treat the wound sustained. But do you know what type of insect has bitten or stung your child?

This is where being informed about the different symptoms is important, because, without the necessary information, you will not be able to treat your child and your home. Here is a list of insect bites and stings, symptoms you can expect from them, and treatments you can apply.

Ant Bites

When your child is bitten by an ant, you can expect him to complain of pain and swelling on the wound area or multiple areas, considering that ants can bite multiple times. The bites can also be plenty if there were numerous ants present. Depending on your child’s health, he may experience certain allergic reactions beginning from a rash, breathing difficulties to anaphylaxis.

However, if he only suffers from mild swelling and pain, an ointment or anti-bacterial solution can be rubbed on the wound. Paracetamol can also be given to help relieve pain. If his symptoms are worse, you must not delay professional medical attention.

Mosquito Bites

Summer brings about mosquito attacks most especially during dusk and evenings. While some people do not react to mosquito bites, there are others who are very sensitive as the bites can develop into itchy red lumps surrounding the bite. Calamine lotion can be used to help relieve the itchiness and an ice pack can assist to reduce swelling. However, you must be sure to discourage your child from scratching the bite to avoid infection.

This is why insect repellent is encouraged to protect children from getting bitten by mosquitoes. Even mosquito nets must be used during summer nights while light-colored clothing must be worn outdoors during the day. Nevertheless, you must monitor your child carefully after he is bitten by mosquitoes because of the possibility of serious health conditions such as dengue. Once he experiences rashes, fever, nausea, and headaches, medical attention must be sought immediately.

Bee Stings

When your child is stung by a bee, he may probably feel severe pain at the site of the sting which may already have swollen up. If he is allergic, he may suffer from severe reactions such as rashes, breathing difficulties to anaphylaxis.

Remember that the bee stinger will stay on the skin after injecting venom. It is essential that the insect is removed carefully, while the stinger is scraped out of the wound and not plucked or pinched out. If you squeeze the stinger, more venom will be injected into the wound. Ice must be applied to the wound to reduce swelling. If pain is experienced, paracetamol can be given. But any other pain, severe swelling, and the like must be treated by a doctor.

Flea Bites

If you own a pet, you will have a carrier of fleas at home. Once you spot small itchy red marks on your child’s ankles, there is a possibility that your pet is already infested with fleas. Unfortunately, it can thrive in your carpet and furniture, so treating both your pet and your home will be necessary after having your child treated for the bites.

The bites will usually be in a cluster of small welts and itchy on the skin. These can be treated with an ice pack for swelling and itchiness. An anti-bacterial solution can be used on the wounds as well as ointments. Just like mosquito bites, you will have to keep an eye over your child in case he runs a high fever or shows reactions after being bitten by fleas, as he will require immediate medical attention.

Once you have sought medical attention or have treated your child’s wound, it is essential that you have your house and garden inspected for any pest infestation.

Having your property treated for pest infestation can make your home safe for your child and protect him from any fatal health conditions caused by insect bites and stings.