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Bug Bites and Stings


Bug bites and stings usually are just annoying, causing temporary discomfort and pain, but no serious or lasting health problems. But sometimes, they can cause infections that require treatment and allergic reactions that can be serious, even fatal.

Insect Stings Instruction Sheet

Parents should know the signs of an infection or allergic reaction, and when to get medical care. Inform all caregivers if a child has any history of problems so they know what to do in the event of a bug bite or sting.

Handling Bee and Wasp Stings

If your child has had an allergic reaction to a bee or wasp sting in the past, see your health care provider for a prescription for an epinephrine auto-injector.

Spider Bites Instruction Sheet

Handling Spider Bites

Handling Scorpion Stings

Another sting to look out for is one caused by a scorpion.

If a person gets stung by a scorpion, the area of the sting will hurt and may get swollen or red, depending on the type of scorpion. More severe reactions from the venom involving other parts of the body also can happen.

Because it's hard to tell a dangerous scorpion from one that is harmless, all scorpion stings must be treated by a health care provider. Capture the scorpion for identification if it's possible to do so safely, and bring it with you. Knowing the type of scorpion that caused the bite may make treatment easier.

Tick Bites Instruction Sheet

Handling Tick Bites

Check kids and pets for ticks carefully after they've been in or around a wooded area. Ticks removed within 24 to 48 hours are less likely to transmit diseases like Lyme disease. Common types of ticks include dog ticks and deer ticks (deer ticks may be carriers of Lyme disease).

If you find a tick on your child:

Preventing Bites and Stings

Here are some ways to protect your family from bites and stings:

Reviewed by: Larissa Hirsch, MD
Date reviewed: September 2016


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