How to Treat Insect Bites

Feb 16, 2019

Insects are a source of annoyance when it comes to doing activities outside. Your children are susceptible to bug and other insect bites, especially during the summer, if they are not using some type of bug protectant or insect repellent. Usually reactions to insect bites are mild, but this will depend on the level of your child’s sensitivity to particular insect.

You may need to visit an Express ER emergency room near you if your child experiences a severe reaction to a bug bite. However, bites are often not serious. If you have been stung, then that may be a different story. Most stings are painful to the affected area and cause swelling, but other reactions are possible if your child is hypersensitive to the sting.

Treatment for Bites & Stings

Bites are often highly irritating, but the effects lessen within hours and bumps can be gone the next day. These do not require a visit to the ER near you, just relief from any uncomfortable symptoms like itchiness. A cool compress and calamine lotion can help the area itch less, but the eyes and genital area should be avoided.

If your child has gotten stung, then a cloth soaked in cold water may help reduce pain as well as swelling. Before you use any topical treatments on the area, contact your child’s pediatrician or a 24/7 emergency care near you to find out if it will make the situation worse or better. If the symptoms are severe, you may be prescribed oral antihistamines.

When to Call for Medical Help

Medical help should be gotten immediately if your child presents any of these symptoms after experiencing an insect bite or a sting.

  • Difficulty breathing
  • Inability to stand or walk
  • Loss of consciousness
  • Itching over the entire body or hives
  • Swelling near the genitals, lips, or eyes that affects the way they urinate, eat, or see.

Do not hesitate to get medical help if your child has any of the above symptoms. Many times a bug bite or sting can be handles at home, but Express ER is here for the times you need professional help.