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What are signs of insect bites and stings in children that need immediate medical attention?

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  • Has been bitten or stung and has sudden hives, swelling in the face, difficulty breathing, dizziness, or fainting
  • Had a serious allergic reaction to an insect bite or sting before

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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