Kid's Health: Household Sting Relief

There are many common household remedies that you can use to treat your child's stings and bites.

Stings and bites are an unfortunate fact of life. Summer is an especially vulnerable time for children as they spend quite a lot of time outside. While of course there are many over the counter topical ointments you can purchase to relieve your little one's stings and bites, you may be surprised to discover that there are several household items that you probably have in your cabinet. These household remedies can offer relief to your child.

If your child is stung by a bee, such as a yellow jacket, wasp, hornet, or bumble bee, you will want to make sure the stinger has not been left before you begin to treat the sting. The biggest mistake many people make in removing a stinger is trying to pull it out of the skin. This can actually cause more venom to be released, increasing your child's pain. Instead, you should gently scrape the stinger away from the skin.

There are many remedies that you can try to relieve the pain of a sting. However, if your child begins to have difficulty swallowing and breathing, this could indicate a severe allergic reaction, and you should get emergency help immediately. If your child is experiencing a stinging sensation only, though, you can do several things.


It is simple to make a paste of baking soda or Epsom salts and water. Once you've made the paste apply it to the skin for several minutes. The paste will help to draw the poison out of the skin and may reduce any swelling that occurs. You can also rub an aspirin across the area, or you can make a paste of a crushed aspirin and water. Some people have found that applying meat tenderizer to a sting also relieves pain. You can do this with cotton balls, or you can mix some meat tenderizer with some hot water, soak a cloth with the mixture, and apply it to the injured area. Household ammonia and aloe vera gel can also relieve the pain of a bee sting.

If you have an onion handy, you can slice it, and apply the slices with tape to the sting area. The onion will help to draw the venom out of the sting. Of course, along with these remedies, you can give your child a pain reliever, such as ibuprofen and acetaminophen. Be sure and follow your pediatrician's advice. There are also well-known over the counter remedies, such as calamine and caladryl lotions and Sting-Kill towelettes.

Spider bites can also cause quite a lot of discomfort. If your child is bitten by a spider, you should take him to the doctor. Certain spider bites, such as a brown recluse or a black widow, are extremely poisonous, and it is imperative that you get your child immediate medical treatment. For minor spider bites, you can apply a hydrocortisone cream.

Visits to the beach are usually fun-filled days unless your child has an unfortunate encounter with a jelly fish. These stings can be very painful, but there are several things you can do to treat a jellyfish sting. First, you want to make sure that there aren't any tentacles left on the skin, so be sure you flush the skin well with water. You can then apply vinegar liberally to the skin to neutralize the poison. After this, you can make a paste of baking soda and water, or you can liberal coat the area with aloe vera gel.

Insect bites can be extremely annoying, and some insects, like black flies, actually have stinging bites. You can treat such bites by rubbing deodorant over the affected area or applying a paste of Epsom salts or baking soda and water. Again, aloe vera gel can provide relief, and you can either purchase the bottled variety, or you can squeeze fresh juice straight from the plant. Other insect bite remedies include a mixture of cornstarch with vinegar or lemon juice, witch hazel, or you can rub wet bar of soap over the bite.

While you can't guarantee that your child will never be stung or bitten, there are some steps you can take to lessen her risks. If you apply sunscreen or other lotion to your child's skin, try to purchase items that don't have a strong perfume odor. You should also dress your child in light colored clothing, such as whites or tans. Bright colors attract insects.

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