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When your child gets stung or bitten, you just want to help make it better as soon as possible. How do you know if it’s improving on its own or needs a doctor’s attention? Find the answers you need here to survive the summer. Infographic on HealthHub from Cleveland Clinic

Top Treatments for Kids’ Bee Stings and Bug Bites (Infographic)

Your solutions for common summer irritations

When your child gets stung or bitten, you just want to help make it better as soon as possible. How do you know if it’s improving on its own or needs a doctor’s attention? Find the answers you need here to survive the summer.

Bee Stings and Bug Bites 101. Top treatments and remedies for your kids.

Tags: allergic reaction, allergies, anaphylactic reaction, bug bites, growing pains of parenting, Parents BeWell, skin allergies, summer, summer safety
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  • skehn1969

    what about when the whole area turns purple the next day? My daughter was bit by a yellow jacket and this happened. Had one dr tell me it was an allergic reaction with infection(ER physician) and another dr (normal pediatrician) tell me it was normal

    • Amie

      My son had a bite the turned I to a purple and white puss filled blister. Obvious infection. He drained it and placed him on antibiotic cream and oral.

    • Mel

      I’ve seen them turn purple as blood had come to the surface. Don’t think that’s a sign of allergy.

  • shay

    I’ve been on very strong antibiotics (bactrim and clindamycin) for two weeks for deerfly bites that have turned into staph. There are now seven quarter- sized blisters on my lower legs and I get to go have more blood work tomorrow :( Don’t mess with bug bites- scratching them allows bacteria in. Wear bug repellant, stay indoors at dusk, and if you get bitten- clean the bite, put neosporin and hydrocortisone on it and cover it up!!

  • mwilliams

    Best remedy I’ve used for a bee sting is to cut an onion and apply center of onion to bee sting site once stinger has been removed. Works immediately to reduce swelling, redness and pain; however,, is not effective if not applied within first few minutes.

  • Guido Ambrosi

    I PUT PLAIN WET MUD ON IT AND THE STING GO’S AWAY QUICKLY. WORKS ALL THE TIME. OLD FARMER TRICK.

  • May Tabor

    I get mosquito bites a lot, unfortunately. What works best for me to reduce redness and swelling and mostly avoid itching is a baking soda paste applied ASAP. Sometimes I wipe the area with rubbing alcohol then apply the soda paste.

  • Penny Oosterman

    You don’t want to remove a tick with tweezers. If you do it may become detached from the head, and the head remains still stuck in the skin. There are better ways to remove them and special tools if you live in an infested area, I would suggest getting one or more.

  • not bitten by love

    i got hit by a yellow jacket under the forearm and forhead. knew where to hit me i guess, was trying to kill it but didnt hit him hard enough and pissed him off.
    battling a hive. anyway i researched that ice shouldnt be applied more than 10 min
    and keep in mind that y.j. have no stinger. arm ok, still have a dime size red raised welt on my forehead. that really hurt, slightly dizzy, felt like got tapped by a hammer. i applied ice for a few min and that helped a little.
    they won that battle but i’ll win the war against those yellow devils.

  • Staci Darlene

    I got bit on my foot at work (teacher) while walking with my kindergarten class during our Terry Fox Run and a fellow teacher told me to put a penny on it.
    Placing a penny on the bite completely helped with the discomfort and pain,