The child bit an wasp, what to do
High time of day, dear parents. Quite often you hear that a baby has been bitten by a wasp in the hand.
This happens when a baby wants to pick a flower or tries to lift something up without noticing the stinginging insect.
Therefore it is very important to know how to behave in such a situation in order to be able to help in time, thus preventing the possible development of serious consequences.
It's important to know that even a healthy child who has been stung by an wasp will have swelling and redness. The baby will feel burning and soreness in the bite.
If the wasp stung in the limb, the manifestations will not be too serious. If the bite is on the eyelid or lip, additional symptoms such as respiratory failure and tearfulness will appear.
If the child is allergic to insect bites, then regardless of where they are located, a serious allergic reaction will occur and even anaphylactic shock may occur.
But usually after the first bite, this condition is not observed, especially if it was inflicted by a single member of the membrane wing unit.
But with each subsequent bite, the probability of serious consequences increases.
What is dangerous
- It is important to know, apart from the pain of stinginging insects, that an infection can occur. The fact is that wasps often fly in garbage dumps, eating decomposing animals or scraps. Therefore, it is possible that when a child's skin is pierced, pathological microorganisms that are sorry for the insect will be introduced.
- If your child is prone to allergic reactions, the wasp bite, even the primary one, can lead to serious allergies.
- It matters where the bite has been made, how many insects, how many poisons have been injected, and how much the child's immunity is strong.
It is important to know that single bites are mostly local and only very rarely cause anaphylactic shock. In the case of a bite by five or more insects, except for local manifestations, there are generalized ones. They can be represented by shock, collapse, and sometimes end up in a coma.
If this happens, the baby has severe swelling of the respiratory tract and mouth, suffocation. Often characteristic of laryngeal or tongue bites.
This condition is a severe allergic reaction. Primary symptoms are characterized by tachycardia, general weakness, and hypotension. It is mandatory to call an ambulance. Parents should understand that such a state can occur even if the wasp bit the finger, and what to say about cases of penetration of poison through the lip or larynx.
Need to know that the shock state is characterized by three stages. So in just half an hour, there's a change from the first to the second and then to the third.
- relaxed state;
- enhanced sweating;
- itchy palms and feet;
- general body weakness;
- pulsing headache;
- performance in the throat;
- frequent sneezing;
- nose congestion;
- a slight hypotension and tachycardia are observed.
- For the second stage is characteristic:
- the presence of vomiting, nausea;
- pale skin;
- reduces visual acuity, hearing loss;
- there is a difficulty breathing;
- significantly reduced pressure;
- the amount of urine released is reduced.
- For the third stage is characteristic:
- heavy condition of the patient;
- hard breathing;
- arrhythmia, which leads very quickly to vascular insufficiency;
- there is a possibility of collapse;
- coma, while the pulse is filiform and the pressure is not measured, muted tones of the heart are characteristic;
- can cause seizures accompanied by involuntary urination and defecation.
Partners should be aware that a child may be at risk of dying without prompt medical attention within an hour of the onset of the condition.
Before the arrival of the ambulance it is necessary to help the baby:
- if there are tight-fitting clothes, you need to take them off;
- Take sure that there are no collars or scarves around your neck, you need to ensure that oxygen is available;
- If the child is at home, place him/her on a pillow, it is important that the child's head is not thrown backwards;
- on the bite site it is necessary to put a cold compress, but not an icy one.
- Save the peace.
- If you are sure that the bite was caused by an axe, you should not look for a sting. This type of insect does not leave it.
- It is necessary to disinfect the place of skin integrity disorder.
Use a hand tool, treat the wound with alcohol solution, peroxide, green or soapy water. Your goal is to remove poison residues, also possible microorganisms.
- To extract toxins that have penetrated into the child's body through the wound, it is recommended to put a piece of sugar, soaked in advance.
It has an adsorbing effect, will pull out all available poison on itself.
- It is important to provide abundant drinking to the child, including sweet tea.
- In order to slow down the spread of toxins in the baby's body, it is recommended to apply cold to the place of the bite.
You can use a hot-water bottle with cold water or even a simple plastic bottle that has been in the freezer.
- For a child over two years of age, you can make a compress.
Marly gauze is wetted in a solution of soda (a glass of water is taken on a teaspoon), left for 20 minutes. Soapy solution or ammonia has a good effect.
- To prevent the development of allergies, it is necessary to give your baby an antihistamine drug. It will help relieve swelling and reduce soreness.
- If a wasp stings in the lip, larynx or other areas of the face, the throat, you need to urgently call an ambulance. Poison in such places can cause suffocation.
- Partners should be aware that if a child's condition is aggravated by symptoms spreading outside the bite site, medical help is needed.
When to see a doctor urgently
Sometimes the baby's body reacts relatively calmly to a wasp bite. However, there are a number of symptoms that require immediate consultation with a doctor.
- Whistles are heard during breathing. This is the first signal that asphyxiation may occur.
- If the baby has difficulty swallowing or talking, it may also indicate an approaching asphyxiation or neurological problem.
- In the presence of severe intoxication, laryngeal swelling or lung cramping, dizziness and dyspnea will be observed.
- Painful feelings behind the sternum – evidence of penetration of poison affecting the cardiovascular system.
- If the baby is less than three months old.
- In the case of multiple bites.
Partners should be aware that the baby may have a strong itchy feeling. The child can scratch the wound and cause secondary infection. Therefore, it is so important to use medications that help to remove the characteristic symptoms.
- Antihistamine ointment for external use, such as Advantan.
- Can give the child a Validol tablet or dissolve it in water. With the resulting bite lubricant solution,
- If there is a strong feeling of pain, Paracetamol.
- Animal balm will have a beneficial effect.
- Star balm will also help relieve inflammation.
- Malendula tincture has disinfectant properties.
- A special patch can be applied to the wound to prevent combing.
So you need to know if a child has been bitten by a wasp, what to do at home, what to do, even if there is only a slight swelling and redness.
- The swelling and the soreness will be relieved by onions, garlic and apples. They should be cut into half and applied alternately to the bite site.
- To significantly reduce the swelling formed on the site of the wound, you can use lemon juice applied to gauze. It will also help to slow down the spread of poison in the body.
- Morely reduce the itching sensation of the parsley compressor.
- Efficient is the processing of the wound with olive oil.
- Compress with crushed flowers of ordinary pyjma.
- The anti-inflammatory effect has aloe leaflets. You will need to cut it lengthwise and apply a sticky side to the bite.
- Anesthetic, also anti-edematous action have leaves of plantain.
- Dandelion leaves can be used to relieve inflammation, as well as rundown Kalanchoë.
- Can help eliminate redness and reduce itchiness and painfulness of soda porridge.
What not to do
- Paniculate. The baby's mental state isn't stable enough yet. If the parents get nervous, the baby gets in their mood. And this can scare the scarecrow a lot, causing a stressful reaction in the body.
- Parents often make a mistake looking for a sting at the bite site. Unfortunately, not everybody knows that wasps don't leave it, unlike bees.
- There is no way to squeeze out the poison.
By your actions you can only harm the child, because due to the increase in blood flow poison is spread throughout the body much faster. It also increases the risk of infection in the wound.
- For the treatment of the bite site, use an untested agent, especially for adults. You should be aware that such drugs can cause an even stronger allergic reaction than an insect bite.
- In warm weather it is not recommended to wear bright clothes. This outfit will attract the attention of wasps.
I've had such a case recently. There was a theme party in the open air. I was wearing a styled suit, it was a bright yellow dress in black peas. The wasps never left me, it was a little scary. Luckily, there were no bites.
- It is desirable not to eat sweets outside, wasps often land on them. If the baby is dirty, he has sticky hands, you need to wipe them off urgently.
- Take sure that the carapuzzle does not rip off the flowers, does not play in the grass.
Now you know how to behave if the baby bit an wasp. Remember that you need to know how to deal with such a situation, don't forget to stay calm. It is important to observe preventive measures to prevent wasp bites. Remember, that at the first serious symptoms, it is necessary to call an ambulance, especially if an anaphylactic shock is observed.
What to do if a child is bitten by an wasp
What do I do if a baby is bitten by a wasp? The first thing to do is not to panic with your baby (as young mothers sometimes do) and stay calm. In the overwhelming majority of cases, the biggest problems with wasp bite are swelling and severe pain.
But these symptoms are also sometimes enough to make a whole day's rest or vacation a mess for both the child and adults.
In addition, the Internet, which the young parents will turn to in the first place, is simply full of various “horrifying” stories “from life”, which also will not add peace.
Of course, the severe consequences of wasps bites described sometimes happen, but this is so rare that it makes no sense to accept them as a mandatory outcome.
Adults know that if a wasp bites a child, there will be severe pain, but it will be almost completely gone in about 24 hours.
Now we'll see what parents need to do in the first place to make the consequences of wasp bite as quick and painless as possible. And we also note what to do in those rare critical situations where the life of the child can directly depend on the right actions of parents.
But about everything in order…
But the note
Wasps are different.
The usual paper bites that are most common are stinginging, but they are not compared to long, very slender, brown or black wasps – they are considered the owners of some of the most painful bites in the world of insects at all. After the attack of these wasps, even an adult can have a painful shock, and there is nothing to say about the child. Fortunately, however, road wasps are much rarer than paper wasps and bite only in exceptional cases.
Justice is worth noting that some of the “horrors” about wasps bites do have a real foundation. However, in the vast majority of cases, this is not the case with children: various complicated allergies, systemic reactions and intoxications are more common in adults.
The reason for this is rooted in immunology: sensitivity to the allergens that make up aspen poison increases with each new bite. In this regard, the child's body is a “blank sheet of paper”, which simply has not yet accumulated the necessary “experience” to develop a violent allergic reaction.
There is usually hypersensitivity to a substance in the body that has already encountered this allergen repeatedly. Simply put, some people (and their minority) react to each subsequent sting more and more acutely.
Average adult healthy person does not have such a response, as his body is able to produce protective antibodies and quickly neutralize the incoming poison in the blood, and the immune system of the baby is simply not yet familiar with him.
Thus, if a child is bitten by a wasp, the consequences will in most cases be entirely due to the toxins of the poison, rather than the development of an allergic reaction. Pain and inflammation, of course, will occur – but without symptoms of allergies (e.g. urticaria and fever).
Little sometimes, in exceptional cases, a child may begin to react systematically to a wasp bite. This is a topic for a separate discussion (we will discuss it below), because such situations are much more dangerous and require the use of powerful means, and sometimes even hospitalization.
First steps after a bite
So if a child has already been stung by an wasp, first try to remove or neutralize at least some of the poison under the skin.
For this purpose it is necessary:
- to suck the poison out of the wound – if you start right after the bite, you can significantly reduce the degree of edema;
- Apply a swab soaked in vinegar or lemon juice (as a variant – a piece of apple or onion) to the place of the bite – the wasp has an alkaline environment, so it is partially neutralized by acid;
- after 2-3 minutes to apply a cold compress to the place of the bite.
It's also good to read: What to do if a cat is bitten by a wasp…
It's important to understand that you won't be able to avoid any pain or swelling at all because you're still dealing with a very strong poison. Therefore, after the wasp has bitten the child, all actions should be aimed at reducing the amount of poison in the tissues – firstly, and, secondly, at making the unpleasant feelings of pain go away as soon as possible.
Besides the first aid measures, you also need to know what you shouldn't do when you bite a wasp:
- there's no point in wasp stinging: the sting of a wasp, unlike bees, never remains the victim's body after the bee sting;
- you can't panic or fuss: This will make the child even more worried, just feel sorry for the baby and try to explain that everything will pass soon;
- is strictly forbidden to squeeze out the poison: It won't leak out anymore, but it will spread faster in the tissues because of the increased blood flow during pressure;
in the absence of obvious symptoms, you can't smear the place of the bite with any kind of allergy products from your first-aid kit: the side effects of “adult” ointments in your child can be even more severe than the consequences of the bite itself.
It's worth noting that wasp most often bites a child's finger or hand, and this is fortunately the “lightest” option. Worse, when an insect attacks, for example, a face or, especially, a baby's neck or throat.
Whichever part of your child's body is bitten by an wasp, you should know which methods will reduce pain, swelling, and subsequent itching.
Methods for eliminating pain, itching, and swelling
To deal with the typical effects of wasp bites, there are many good and proven remedies. They can all be divided into three main groups:
- Special (and necessarily age-appropriate) drugs after insect bites. Examples include Gardex Family and Gardex Baby baby balms, Mosquitall spray balms, Insectline and Picnic Family balms. Most of these tools only reduce itching. Phoenistyle, Soventol and Menovazine can be used to relieve pain, but their use in a child is only possible in strict consultation with a doctor.
- Soap solution and ammonia (standard “greenery” and iodine can only be used in the last place).
- People's products: shredded parsley root, dandelion juice or garlic.
It is important to understand that wasp bite swelling will be observed in the child in any case: even if the products will dull or relieve the pain. The fact is that swelling occurs due to the destruction of cells of poisoned tissues, so until the body itself “clears”, the place where the wasp bitten, will be inflamed.
Biting wasps in the face, throat or ear area is very dangerous: the poison here can cause dangerous swelling.
Even if the wasp bit the child's ear in the lobe area, adults need to carefully monitor the baby's condition, and if in doubt, take him to the doctor. If the wasp bite has fallen on the mucous membranes of the eye, you shouldn't hesitate – you should go straight to the hospital or call an ambulance.
At the end, if the wasp bite has occurred in the area of the child's throat, developing swelling is likely to lead to serious problems with breathing. This is the cause of a significant percentage of deaths due to insect bites, so a child's condition requires special monitoring and – if it gets worse – rapid response.
“We had this last summer. I don't know what to tell you. Lechet was three years old then, his wasp bit his neck, but only from behind. He hasn't shown us yet, he's been patient for a long time. He's like that, Spartan. You noticed that his neck was missing somewhere. But there was nothing but strong swelling, breathing normally, eating. A couple of days later, we didn't even put anything on it.”
Kira, Stanitsa Severskaya
Baby wasps bites
Of course, any parent is very worried about their child, especially if the baby is only a few months old. However, there is no specificity of wasp bites in babies.
The main problem that a parent of a wasp-bitten baby will have to face is a strong concern of the child. If a baby has been bitten by a wasp, the adult should take the measures described above to neutralize at least some of the poison, reduce swelling and severe pain.
Better experienced parents advise to distract the child with something at this time, for example, to bathe him in cool water, in which he will stop concentrating on the pain of the bite.
However, special products are also available for babies, such as Gardex Baby, which is designed for children from one year of age, but in the absence of an allergic reaction, which can be used for babies from 6 months of age, or Rescue Cream, which is allowed for children of all ages.
As well as these products, a small child can also successfully use folk remedies such as garlic, soda and parsley root.
It is worth noting that babies usually suffer from wasp bite pain faster than older children, but the “bump” itself, if it appears, is maintained for a longer period of time.
“We have a one-year-old child bitten by an wasp. Well, the screaming must have taken an hour to calm him down. And then immediately released.
And the wasp bit him behind the ear, we were afraid, as if on the face did not throw over, but there even a cone was not special. Okay, just an ear sticking out. He couldn't sleep on his side, woke up. Mazali was his Rescuer, his grandmother was still rubbing sour cream. I don't remember exactly how long this swelling lasted, but his bite stopped the next day”.
Dacha medicine cabinet: what to have with you to help your child at all times
When planning a trip with your child to the countryside or just out of town, you need to prepare a first aid kit, which should include a small set of tools to help your child in case of wasps or any other insect bites.
May be roughly guided by the following drugs:
- Rescuer is a universal first-aid treatment (including for wasps bites);
- gentle children's spray or Gardex balm;
- Suprastin – for every “firefighter” case (it is necessary to take instructions with the drug to be able to correctly calculate the dose for the child).
After your baby has been bitten by a wasp and you have given him/her first aid, it is worth watching the child anyway – even though the danger seems to have passed.
If the wasp bite has fallen into the eye or mouth, if the child has started to have a fever, a rash at the site of the bite or other parts of the body, a headache or nausea – the baby should be immediately taken to the hospital.
Before doing so, it is advisable to call an ambulance and ask for advice after describing the situation. Perhaps, on the way to the hospital – according to the doctor's recommendation – the child will need to be given a drink Suprastyn, but independent treatment in this case is unacceptable.
Be careful, take care of yourself and your child, and if the trouble did happen, behave correctly and maintain self-control.
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What to do if the child wasp bite, there is a clear algorithm of actions.
Each mother should familiarize herself with it. Do not panic after a bite, but provide qualified assistance. The further mechanism of action depends on the reaction of the body to the ingress of poison. Children, especially young children, are at increased risk of allergic reactions of varying degrees of intensity.
How does an aspen bite look like
The first thing to do is to determine whether it's a wasp or a bee bite. There is no special difference, but there is one nuance – a bee always leaves a sting with a part of its own body.
The fact is that a bee sting is different from a wasp's external structure – it has jagged edges that do not allow it to get back. The bee soon dies, but the sting left on the child's skin continues to pulsate and pump the poison. We need to stop this process immediately, get the sting out of it, and then proceed to further actions.
Assa is able to sting many times, stays alive, doesn't leave “weapons” in the market.
Reaction to a wasp bite from a child may be different. It depends on age, individual characteristics of the organism. What's more, it should be, because the blood contains poison, which is a strong allergen. With an adequate response from the body, the bite looks as follows:
- sharpening pain in the process;
- dark point in the center.
Wasp bite reaction in the child
It takes some time to itch. The size of a stain does not exceed 1 cm. In normal body reaction the symptomatology passes independently within 2 days after first aid rendering. Doesn't require special treatment. The skin finally recovers in a week.
If a wasp bites a child, the risk of an allergic reaction increases. This is especially true for infants up to one year old, newborns, children who have never encountered insects before, with a tendency to allergies and genetic predisposition. Wasp bite is dangerous for the child due to the development of local, systemic reaction, including laryngeal edema, anaphylactic shock.
- Powerful redness over 1 cm. That's the kind of reaction the body should be alerted to by now.