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My two year old has been stung today on her ear. it is red and swollen with a small with dot and it had a slight bleed. not sure what to do?

5 doctor answers9 doctors weighed in
Dr. Phillip Goebel
Emergency Medicine 16 years experience
Sting care: Hydrocortisone cream twice a day, diphenhydramine by mouth, and follow up with a physician if worsening.
Dr. Ellen Altenburg
Pediatrics 31 years experience
Benadryl (diphenhydramine): If the child is having any facial swelling, difficulty breathing or hives, that's an emergency. You should call an ambulance and get him to a hospital. If not, I advice Benadryl (diphenhydramine) & cool compresses to the bite. Call his physician if it starts to look worse.
Dr. Tanya Russo
Pediatrics 25 years experience
Bee sting treatment: The initial swelling after sting is due to histamine release in our bodies. Oral diphenhydramine (Benedryl) can be given to reduce swelling and offset severe allergic reactions. Cool compresses will also help. Washing with soap and water twice per day will help prevent infection. Persistent redness or swelling could mean infection. Facial swelling or breathing problems is a medical emergency!
Dr. Ratna Dhingra
Pediatrics 44 years experience
Give benadryl (diphenhydramine): This is a reaction to the bite.Wash with soap and water and apply antibiotic cream to prevent an infection.You can give her some benadryl for the swelling and tylenol (acetaminophen) for pain.
Dr. Katharine Cox
Pediatric Emergency Medicine 45 years experience
Insect bite: Keep the area clean and apply a cool compress. An age appropriate dose of Benadryl every 6-8 hours may help to reduce the swelling. The swelling should decrease within 2-3 days. If there are any signs of infection, persistent swelling, warmth, tenderness or drainage have her assessed by her MD. I hope she feels better. Tylenol (acetaminophen) or Ibuprofen may help for any discomfort.

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