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Are You Prepared to Treat Summertime Bug Bites and Stings?

More than ever we all want to get outdoors this summer. But with the desire to get outside and hike, bike, swim and play, we face another formidable foe: summer pests. As children head off to the playground, summer camp, or summer school, ask yourself: are you prepared to properly treat bug bites and stings?

General Guidelines for Treating Mild Bug Bites

Most reactions to insect bites and stings are mild. Below are the most common symptoms; however, each individual may experience symptoms differently.

  • Small, raised skin lesions
  • Pain or itching
  • Dermatitis (inflammation of the skin)

To treat mild reactions, follow these guidelines: 

When Should I Call 911?

Sometimes summer pests can have a worse effect on a child, especially if they have an allergy. And the situation can become even more dangerous if the allergy isn’t yet known. So, if you’re unsure of the severity of a child’s reaction to a bug bite, call 911 if the child:

  • Has trouble breathing
  • Is feeling faint, dizzy or confused
  • Experiences hives
  • Experiences swelling of the tongue, lips, eyelids or throat
  • Develops a rapid heartbeat
  • Develops nausea, cramps or vomiting

While waiting for medical help, you should:

  1. Begin CPR if there are no signs of circulation, such as breathing, coughing or movement.
  1. Inject epinephrine if the child has known allergies. DO NOT wait for signs of a severe reaction to inject epinephrine.
    • Read and follow instructions carefully.
    • Inject epinephrine into outer muscle of the thigh. Avoid injecting into a vein or buttock muscles.
    • For a child, inject again after 5 to 30 minutes.
    • A child should always go to the emergency room after an epinephrine injection, even if the symptoms subside.

You never know when a simple bite or sting from summertime pest might lead to a serious emergency.

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Source: National Center for Biotechnology Information

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