Monday, June 25, 2012

How To Handle A Bee Sting...CALMLY!

You may think this is a simple topic...but...this mommy hasn't had to deal with this type of INJURY until yesterday!  We were swimming in my old roommates pool and our oldest son was playing with a raft.  At one point, he jumped up, grabbed the raft and somehow managed to get a bee stinger right in his finger.  Immediately, he was not only hurt and alarmed...but so was his mommy & daddy.

(Having a mom who has bee allergies, I have never been stung...but have always been terrified that I might be allergic too...and have been concerned my kids might as well).

Thankfully, the only symptom (besides pain) was major swelling in his finger.  I pulled the stinger out (because at first, we weren't sure if it was a splinter or bee stinger)...which I learned since that you are suppose to "SCRAPE the stinger out", instead of squeeze and pull.  But like I said...this was my first experience in dealing with this.

We dosed him with some Benedryl and Motrin (for pain relief), and we kept an ice pack on his finger.  It felt better for most of the evening...but woke him up early this morning, again panicked & painful!  He's fine now (with more motrin and ice therapy)...and since I was up, I did some research on how to CORRECTLY deal with a bee sting.

I thought this might help other parents who may or may not have had to handle this click on the image below to check out some great home remedies for bee stings:
Source: via Brenda on Pinterest

SUMMERTIME brings out the bees (who are busily at work) be ready to jump into action!