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Angry Bee Season: Bee Sting Prevention For Your Children

Who else has noticed that the bees are getting more aggressive this time of year? It’s not your imagination. Over the next few weeks bees and wasps are going to get angry and aggressive because their life span is about to end and their resources are almost gone.

What you should know is that we’re entering “angry bee” season. So, if you and your child are enjoying the last bit of summer before going back to school, AFC Urgent Care Danbury will cover bee sting treatment, and prevention.

Protecting your kids from Bee attacks

The National Pest Management Association (NPMA) offers the following tips for avoiding stinging insects during this time of year:

  • Wear shoes when outdoors, especially in grassy areas.
  • Wear clothing to cover as much of the body as possible
  • Keep windows and doors screened.
  • Keep garbage in sealed receptacles.
  • Do not swat at a stinging insect as it increases the likelihood of an aggressive reaction.
  • If stung, seek immediate medical attention as reactions can be severe.
  • Call a pest professional if you find a nest on your property or suspect an infestation.

If you or your child does get stung however, it’s important to understand the difference between a ‘normal’ reaction to a bee sting, and an allergic reaction to a bee sting.

What are the symptoms of a non-allergic reaction to a bee sting?

With the majority of bee stings, one will only see minor reactions, such as:

  • Itching
  • Hives
  • Rashes

If this is the extent of your reaction, your child is probably not allergic to bee stings.

What you should do immediately after getting stung by a bee

  • Remove the stinger (By SCRAPING it out)
  • Apply a cold compress or ice
  • Treat with tylenol or NSAID
  • Apply topical ointment such as Neosporin to fight any possible infection, and possibly Caladryl, to combat itching

Don’t use tweezers to squeeze it out. Using tweezers to remove a bee sting runs the risk of squeezing more venom into the wound. Try removing the stinger by scraping a fingernail over the area or using gauze to wipe it out.

Possible symptoms of an allergic reaction to bee stings, or anaphylaxis

In the U.S. only 3% of all children stung by bees experience severe allergic reactions, however sometimes a child might get stung 2 or 3 times before having an allergic reaction. Especially if there is a family history of allergic reactions to bees, parents should always be prepared for an allergic reaction if a child is stung, as a severe allergic reaction can be life threatening.  A severe bee sting reaction is known as anaphylaxis. If your child is stung and experiences any of the following severe reactions there is a good possibility that they are allergic to bees.

Symptoms of an allergic reaction to bee stings, or anaphylaxis

  • Throat closes
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Wheezing
  • Racing heart
  • Face or mouth swelling
  • Fever

AFC Urgent Care Danbury is ready for Angry bee season

Our providers at all three of our locations are well equipped for the challenges of angry bee season. Come stop by today at any of our AFC locations in Danbury, CT:

  • 76c Newtown Rd.
  • 100 Mill Plain Rd.
  • 2 Main St.

All 3 of our locations are open 7 days a week and ready to treat you. We accept most insurances and we also offer a low cost self-pay option as well.

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