Insect bites

Information to which you should pay special attentionCall 9-1-1 if your child develops red patches on the skin accompanied by any of the following:

  • Sudden and severe change in her general condition (e.g., irritability, drowsiness, loss of consciousness)
  • Swollen lips or tongue
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Sudden vomiting

She could be having a severe allergic reaction.

If you see a stinger, remove it. Then, whatever the type of insect bites it is, clean the bite with soap and water. To help relieve itching or reduce swelling, use a cold compress, lemon juice, or a paste made of equal parts baking soda and water.