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Bee Stings

If your child is stung by a bee:

  • Remove stinger as soon as possible with the side of a credit card. Do not use tweezers or pinch the stinger. This will release more toxin from the stinger in the skin.
  • Apply cold compresses to the stung area to help reduce the swelling.
  • Keep the area clean and try to prevent your child from scratching the area. 
  • Over-the-counter antihistamine medications such as Benadryl are available to help relieve the discomfort and itching at the site.
  • A paste of baking soda and water can be put on the area of the sting. The paste will harden. This helps draw out the poison from the site.
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Call Your Child's Doctor If:

Last Updated: 11/2013