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A 30-year-old member asked:

what do you do for first aid when your child gets stung by a bee?

2 doctor answers6 doctors weighed in
Dr. Richard Dudrak
Family Medicine 30 years experience
Ice / remove stinger: Try to get ice on the spot immediately, as it will help reduce the pain and help your child sit still long enough to look closely for a stinger. Scraping the spot with the edge of a credit card can help identify a retained stinger (and may even pull it out), but you might need tweezers and a magnifyer. Ibuprofen and Benadryl (diphenhydramine) by mouth can help. Don't use Benadryl (diphenhydramine) cream. Area will get red & hot.
Dr. Gary Steven
Pediatric Allergy and Asthma 30 years experience
Common sense stuff: Remove the stinger, wash the area, apply a topical antibiotic like neosporin, and cover it with a band-aid. If there are signs or allergy, such as rash, hives or swelling away from the site of the sting, or if there is wheezing or loss of consciousness, call 911 or take your child to the er. If there is no allergic reaction, the main concern is an infection of the skin from a non-sterile stinger.
Dr. Richard Dudrak
Family Medicine 30 years experience
I don't recommend Neosporin (triple antibiotic ointment) - high risk of skin reactions. Use Polysporin (double antibiotic). It's just as effective in preventing infections and much less likely to irritate. Hard to get all the info in 400 characters!
Apr 20, 2012

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A 45-year-old member asked:

What is basic first aid for a child who gets stung by a scorpion?

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Dr. Charlene Sojico
Pediatrics 41 years experience
Follow this: Wash affected area under cold water immediately.Apply antihistamine, a corticostetoid .An analgesic.Apply a bag of ice over the ointment to reduce pain and inflammation.Take Benadryl (diphenhydramine) & a dose of any pain killer.Go to the emergency room to get evaluated for scorpion anti-venom.Watch for serious reactioms eg muscle spasms, hyperventillation racing pulse or heartbeat, disorientation, anaphylactic shock.
Dr. Cornelia Franz
Specializes in Pediatrics
You can also give homeopathic ledum and hypericum. and still go to the ER.
May 28, 2012

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