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What must I do if my child is stung by a bumble bee?

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry
2 doctors agree

In brief: Bumble Bee sting

Agree w dr. Baker. The bumble bee does not lose it's stinger. Clean area with soap & warm water. Make a paste of 2 parts baking soda & 1 part water & apply.
Or: apply an enzyme based meat tenderizer in a poultice & wrap area. Or: mix water & activated charcoal into a paste & apply.Throat, airway or tongue swelling – call 911.

In brief: Bumble Bee sting

Agree w dr. Baker. The bumble bee does not lose it's stinger. Clean area with soap & warm water. Make a paste of 2 parts baking soda & 1 part water & apply.
Or: apply an enzyme based meat tenderizer in a poultice & wrap area. Or: mix water & activated charcoal into a paste & apply.Throat, airway or tongue swelling – call 911.
Dr. Heidi Fowler
Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Dr. James Henning
Agree w Dr. Fowler; raised, red skin blotches, swollen face & tongue, & breathing difficulties require emergency attention. If the child has other known allergies, having an Epi Pen & liquid gel benadryl around is a great idea.
Dr. Heidi Fowler
Thanks Dr. Henning.
Dr. Randy Baker
Holistic Medicine
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Observe for reaction

First, don't panic- millions of people are stung by bees everyday and it is only serious if they have an allergic reaction, which seldom happens.
Signs of allergic reaction are significant redness/swelling around sting site/swelling of throat/difficulty breathing- call 911 if that happens. Otherwise calm your child & make sure the stinger is out. See comment for home remedies for discomfort:.

In brief: Observe for reaction

First, don't panic- millions of people are stung by bees everyday and it is only serious if they have an allergic reaction, which seldom happens.
Signs of allergic reaction are significant redness/swelling around sting site/swelling of throat/difficulty breathing- call 911 if that happens. Otherwise calm your child & make sure the stinger is out. See comment for home remedies for discomfort:.
Dr. Randy Baker
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Dr. Randy Baker
Most allergic reactions to "bee stings" are actually to wasps/yellow jackets- allergies to bumble bees are uncommon. Home remedies include ice, applying apple cider vinegar/ baking soda or meat tenderizers like Accent and a homeopathic remedy called Apis. See http://www.earthclinic.com/CURES/bee_stings.html for more ideas...
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