Baby Bites and Stings Info

A baby cannot decide whether a flying object is dangerous or not. Neither can it protect itself from crawling insects. Therefore you need to make sure to protect your baby at all time in order to avoid bites and stings.

Prevention
First and foremost: the best remedy is always to prevent any bites or stings. Be therefore careful not to expose the baby to any dangerous situations. If you have the baby sleeping outside, be sure to put a mosquito net over the baby. If there are unknown dogs or cats in the neighborhood, be sure to talk to the owners and/or build a protecting fence. Small measures like this can prevent serious damage to your baby.

Dangers
In the summer there are many types of insects and other crawling creatures. They can affect you badly, and if they do that, be sure that they affect your baby even more.

Be sure to avoid places close to flowers or sugary drinks. Also, keep away from tall grasses and unknown terrain. Small animals and insects often do more harm and the odd loose dog.

Most insect bites and stings are dangerous. Bites from insects such as wasps, bees and some spiders and snakes can be very harmful. A baby is oblivious to the fact that the insects might be dangerous and can easily try to grab it with it hands, or even worse, put it in her/his mouth.

When bitten
If a baby is bitten, try to save the insect or animal that bit it. Kill it if necessary or put it in a jar. Takes this along to the doctor, as it might help to establish what kind of antidote your baby needs, if the bite proved to be poisonous.

Also, check where the baby is bitten. If it is on the outside of the skin, like in a leg, you do not need to rush to the doctor (unless the baby’s leg swells immediately – this might then be an allergic reaction and it needs immediate treatment). If the baby is bitten anywhere near its face, there is a more urgent need to seek medical advice.

Poisonous stings and bites
Cause often pain where the bite is. There is a red, swollen area around the area where the insects bit. Check if the stinger is still in the baby and if so, remove it slowly as this might prevent it from spreading more poison (save the stinger!). Seek medical advice.

Non-poisonous stings and bites
Usually these only cause pain and swelling around the area where the baby was bitten, followed by an itching. Non-poisonous stings and bites do not usually cause reactions in other parts of the body unless the bite becomes infected through scratching. If the same thing has happened before, you know what to do. Be sure to keep the area under observation and if any changes occur, seek medical advice. It this is the first time your baby gets bitten or stung, seek medical advice.

Allergic reactions
Can be caused by some insects (bees, wasps and jumper ants). Common symptoms include itching, stomach cramps, coughing, difficulty breathing and swallowing, and sometimes even fainting. The most dangerous symptoms are breathing difficulties or a drop in blood pressure. Either of these can be fatal. An allergic reaction needs immediate treatment, often through medicine. Seek medical advice.

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