Insect Bit Relief
is now here. For most children, this means more outdoor
activities (swimming, camping, bike riding, etc…) and
with the 4th of July celebration, fireworks. For all
parents, this means being extra vigilant to keep your
child safe and healthy. Here are some tips to keep your
child safe this summer with some insect bit relief tips.
|| If you’ve ever been stung by a bee, you know it can be
painful, right? The summer is the perfect time for these and other insects to
find a way to attack your body. Let’s face it; any kind of insect bite can be an
awful experience, both for adults and children. Here are some summer safety tips
for avoiding, and providing insect bite relief:|
Insect and spider bites often cause minor swelling, redness, pain, and itching.
These mild reactions are common and may last from a few hours to a few days.
Insect bite relief in a home treatment is often all that is needed to relieve the symptoms of a mild
reaction to common stinging or biting insects and spiders.
Some people have more severe reactions to bites or stings. Babies and children
may be more affected by bites or stings than adults
insect bites, purchase DEET. Most over-the-counter
repellents now contain DEET, and are safe to use on
children as young as 2 months old, as well as adults.
Stay away from open beverages that contain sweetener.
Sweetened beverages, like soda and juice, attract
stinging insects. Standing water are breeding grounds
for mosquitoes. Empty, or cover the pool at the end of
the day, and don't leave any potted plants outside that
may contain standing water. Always wear shoes, and dress
in long pants, and a lightweight, long-sleeved shirt to
cover skin. Also, wear light-colored clothing. When
outdoors, particularly at night, you can purchase
Citronella candles, and place them on the patio tables.
The first thing to do when stung by a bee or wasp, is to
look at the spot where you were bitten, to determine if
there's any stinger remaining. If there is, use a firm
object, like a credit card to sweep across the area, and
pull out the stinger. Don't squeeze or pinch the skin to
remove the stinger. This will cause additional venom to
be released into the bite. For immediate insect bit
relief - Use soap and water to clean
the area of the sting. Treat any reaction by applying a
cool compress, or ice. To relieve the redness and pain,
adding hydrocortisone to the affected area will help. If
you develop a severe allergic reaction, such as
difficulty breathing or swallowing, call 911 and seek
emergency care immediately.
It is important to note that if you live in the
Northeast and upper Midwest, you need to be on the
look-out for ticks carrying Lyme disease this summer. If
you spend a lot of time outdoors, especially in wooded
areas, you may be susceptible. You can tell if you have
Lyme disease, as a rash will develop, which looks like a
bull's-eye near the bite. The rash is often accompanied
by flu-like symptoms, such as fever or headache, nausea
and vomiting. Some people, however, may only develop
flu-like symptoms, and not a rash. If you are bitten by
a tick, and develop a rash, seek medical assistance for
possible treatment and testing for Lyme disease.
While most everyone looks forward to outdoor activities
this summer, insect bites can not only ruin a wonderful
day, but develop into subsequent problems. By following
these insect bit relief tips, you can look forward to an enjoyable