It’s Summer. The wasps are here and having their many attempts to ruin family picnics, pub lunches and ice-lolly moments.
You see parents madly flapping their arms around picnics to deter the pesky wasps who are determined to join in. We often get asked at our baby & child first aid classes what you need to do if the wasp or the grumpy bee stings their baby or child.
Unfortunately for 2-year old Grace, she stood on a wasp with bare feet. Ouch! So we put our Mini First Aid advice into practice. The sting was below her big toe.
To remove a sting NEVER USE TWEEZERS, if you do it would squeeze the venom into the skin. Instead, swipe a credit card across the skin to remove the sting. Use a cold pack to relieve the pain.
If you see any serious swelling of the affected area, swelling of the lips or any difficulty breathing, ring 999 (OR 112 if abroad), without delay as this may be a severe allergic reaction.
We also see an increase in insect bites in the Summer, particularly when abroad. To treat an insect bite; relieve any pain and minor swelling with a cold compress. Mini First Aid recommend that you speak to your pharmacist who will be able to recommend pharmaceutical products to apply which are specific to your child.
And, just like stings, if you see any serious swelling of the affected area, swelling of the lips or any difficulty breathing ring 999 without delay as this may be a severe allergic reaction.
So, politely, buzz off wasps Grace does not like you!
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These are really useful in the event of a bite or sting or for bumps and scrapes. They are also reusable, just pop them in the fridge, apply to the affected area and they quickly relieve pain and swelling.