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At this time of year, its lovely to be outside in the warm weather but there are also some unwelcome bugs and insects that are beginning to show up too. Children are often afraid of wasps or bees as they buzz around and its hard for them to enjoy themselves sometimes for fear of being stung.
Try to explain that:
- on the whole, not many people are stung by bees and wasps when you think how many people are outside over the summer months.
- they should try to stay calm and still if one comes buzzing around
- wipe up after eating chocolate or ice lollies as the sugary smell will attract wasps
- don't wear perfumed sun cream
- always wear shoes outside even on the grass as bees and wasps do settle on the ground
- use non-perfumed shampoo and soap as the sweet smell is attractive
- use unfragranced baby wipes to wipe up spills/faces rather than the fragranced sort
If your child is stung:
- try to stay calm. Stings are painful but are rarely dangerous. Deal with the shock first so give plenty of support and comfort.
- elevate the stung area to reduce swelling and apply an ice pack or cold compress. A wet tissue soaked in water is good as the children can hold this to the sting themselves.
- if symptoms persist go to the doctor.
- if it was a bee sting, try to find it and remove it. Scrape the sting away side ways so no more poison is injected. Wasps don't leave a sting behind. The advice is not to use tweezers as if not done expertly, it can mean the sting goes further in and can be even more painful.
- if the sting is somewhere dangerous (mouth or throat) act quickly and get the child to the hospital as swelling could block their airway. Sucking on an ice cub or drinking ice cold water can help in the short term.