This post is part of a series that focuses on children's and women's health, as part of a sponsored partnership with Aurora Health Care. Bees might be cute, and vital to our environment, but there's nothing that can ruin a fun summer day quite like a bee sting.
My son is still traumatized from his brush with a wasp last summer. And I don't blame him! Bee stings can be very painful, and for some people, can lead to a dangerous allergic reaction.
If you're anything like me, you might need a refresher on what exactly to do when you or your child gets stung by a bee.
So here goes.
First, remove the stinger to stop the venom. Scrape it out with a fingernail or something flat, not with a tweezers. Then, clean with soap and water. Next, apply ice. Afterwards, look for the calamine lotion to relieve itching and swelling. And finally, consider administering an antihistamine and/or pain relieving medication.
(To see how to remove a stinger, check out my recent Facebook Live event with Aurora doctor Jackie Kuzminski, around minute 3:50.)
Watch for signs of an allergic reaction, which can appear as quickly as 15 minutes. And be especially vigilant with stings to the mouth, throat, nose, and ears.
You can also help your child feel better with one of the home remedies listed below. (They don't have a lot of scientific backing, but they seem to work for some people, and they don't hurt to try.)
1. Apply toothpaste or freshly crushed parsley leaves to the wound to neutralize acid in the venom.
2. Rub the bee sting with a slice of raw onion to draw out toxins and prevent infection.
3. Crush a bit of peeled potato and apply it to sooth inflammation.
4. Use plain lemon juice or a paste of baking soda and vinegar to reduce itching.
Thanks to my partners at Aurora Health Care for these ideas.
Have you tried any of these home remedies, and did they work for you? Drop a comment below!