Insect bites

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.

Information to which you should pay special attention

Call 9-1-1 if your child develops

  • Red patches on the skin

AND one or more 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.