Stings from bees, wasps, ants, and other insects often cause pain, swelling, redness, and itching around the sting. They usually don't cause reactions all over the body.
In children, the redness and swelling may be worse than in adults. They may extend 8 to 10 centimetres beyond the sting.
If your child has a reaction to an insect sting, your child is at risk for future reactions. Your doctor will help you know how to treat your child's sting and best prepare for any future stings.
Follow-up care is a key part of your child's treatment and safety. Be sure to make and go to all appointments, and call your doctor or nurse call line if your child is having problems. It's also a good idea to know your child's test results and keep a list of the medicines your child takes.
Call 911 anytime you think your child may need emergency care. For example, call if:
Call your doctor or nurse call line now or seek immediate medical care if:
Watch closely for changes in your child's health, and be sure to contact your doctor or nurse call line if:
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Current as of:
August 18, 2016
Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine
& Kathleen Romito, MD - Family Medicine & William H. Blahd, Jr., MD, FACEP - Emergency Medicine
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