Bites & stings

Children can get bitten by a dog, pecked by a bird or stung by a bee or other insect. Bites from fleas are probably the most common, especially if you have pets.

What to do

Getting an animal bite clean is your first step, so wash the site with warm water, pat dry with a clean towel and then apply antiseptic cream and a gauze dressing. Watch for redness and swelling, which may mean the bite has become infected.
Cooling an insect bite with an ice cube for a minute or two may help, and calamine lotion reduces itching. Insect bites are usually harmless unless your child is allergic, which you will soon notice as he or she will swell up and may struggle to breathe normally. In that case, get the child to the hospital as quickly as possible.

For more detailed info on Common Childhood Conditions, go to Health24.
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