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How should I treat symptoms of insect bites and stings in children?

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  • Remove any tight jewelry from the area of the bite or sting.
  • Ice the area for 10 minutes and then remove the ice for 10 minutes. Then repeat.
  • If the sting was on an arm or leg, elevate the area.
  • Pain relievers that are formulated for babies or children, such as acetaminophen or ibuprofen, can help. Follow the dosing instructions on the bottle. If your child is under the recommended age, call a pediatrician.

From: Insect Bites and Stings (Children) WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

American Academy of Asthma, Allergy, and Immunology: "Tips to Remember: Stinging Insect Allergy."

MedLine Plus: "Insect Bites and Stings."

Reviewed by Renee A. Alli on September 11, 2017

SOURCES:

American Academy of Asthma, Allergy, and Immunology: "Tips to Remember: Stinging Insect Allergy."

MedLine Plus: "Insect Bites and Stings."

Reviewed by Renee A. Alli on September 11, 2017

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