Spending time with your children at the beach, the park, or even while away on a camping trip are rewarding for both children and parents. It may be second nature to pack extra food or an additional set of clothes, but when your child has a severe insect allergy, you must also be prepared to handle a potential medical emergency. Be certain that you have medical response supplies, the contact number of local emergency services and a strategy for keeping your child stabilized in case of an insect bite.
Knowing What Insect Allergy Reaction Symptoms To Look For
In the case of certain symptom, like a bee sting allergic reaction, the signs will be clear immediately. Your child will probably know if he or she has been stung by a bee because it will be painful, and the bite site will very rapidly begin to swell. There will also be visible redness in the same area.
After being stung by a bee, someone with an allergy may also begin to develop hives and complain of itching sensations all over their body. Although a bee sting allergic reaction can be traumatic to a child, knowing when your child has been stung by a bee is actually extremely helpful when you need to call for help and render medical care.
Self-Administered Insect Bite Medical Steps
The best thing that you can do if your child is experience a bee sting allergic reaction is to call for an ambulance. If the child has a prescription for epinephrine, always carry it with you so that the symptoms of an allergic reaction to bee stings can be stopped or slowed. While your child may begin to feel better after receiving this medication, you should still wait for emergency medical services to arrive at your location and assess the situation.
Reducing The Risk Of Insect Bites Outdoors
Some insects are harder to avoid than most others, especially when you and your child will be traveling outdoors. Avoid going close to areas that you know are home to bees nests or ant hills or are prone to have any type of insect your child has an allergy to. You may want to eat in the car with the windows up and the heat or air conditioning on so that insects won't be attracted to you.
While you may be able to avoid swarms or hives of insects, all it takes is being bitten by one for an allergic reaction to ensue. Discuss the severity of your child's allergy to insects with his or her pediatrician, always stay in areas where emergency medical services can get to you quickly and keep medications on hand so that your child can get relief in case of an allergic reaction.