Tips for a Healthy Summer III – Bug bites, bee stings and rashes – oh my!

June 6, 2012

One of the more unpleasant parts of summer are all of the critters that can inflict painful, annoying–and sometimes harmful–bites, stings and rashes.

Thankfully, life-threatening reactions to stings in children are relatively rare; they occur in fewer than one percent of all children. But in New York State alone, there are more than 2,500 hospital visits each year because of insect stings in children under 19, and more than 11,000 because of insect bites.  It’s important to remember the distinction between insects that sting when they feel threatened (like hornets, bees and wasps), and those that are non-venomous but will bite even when unprovoked (like mosquitos, ticks and fleas).

What happens if your child gets bit or stung by an insect? Check out these great first aid tips from KidsHealth.

Here are some helpful tips to prevent bites, stings and rashes:

  • Insect repellents with DEET can be used on older children, but not on infants/toddlers. Always avoid your child’s face and hands.  And remember — repellents do a good job of keeping away bites, but do nothing for stings!
  • Do a “tick-check” after hiking around in grassy or wooded areas.  They can found be everywhere on the body–including in belly buttons! If found, remove with tweezers and disinfect the skin.
  • Poison ivy is spread from the oil on the plant, so be careful of exposed skin.  Always wear long pants and sleeves if hiking or playing in the woods or weeds. Shampoo pets if they’ve been outside in wooded or weedy areas, as the plant oil can carried in on their fur too.
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