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What do you do for first aid when your child gets stung by a bee?
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Dr. Richard Dudrak
Family Medicine
3 doctors agree
In brief: 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.

In brief: 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. Richard Dudrak
Dr. Richard Dudrak
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Dr. Gary Steven
Internal Medicine - Allergy & Immunology
1 doctor agrees
In brief: 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.

In brief: 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. Gary Steven
Dr. Gary Steven
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Dr. Richard Dudrak
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!
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