Emergency Sting

Yesterday The Kid was playing happily outside in the garden, and suddenly all hell broke loose. He started screaming his face off. At first, I just ignored him, and carried on with my cigarette, because, well, he performs all the time you know. And then The Boyfriend’s Best Friend (The Kid’s Godfather) suggested that maybe something bit The Kid, and I should check his body for bites or stings.

Yup. I’d ignored my son’s cries while he got stung by a bee. Aren’t I just a fantastic mother? There was this huge yello and black sharp-looking sting stuck in his left foot, and he was screaming and sobbing his little lungs out.

We took him into the kitchen, and had absolutely no clue what to do. After much panicking, I decided to run the foot under the cold tap, which seemed to help. Hurriedly paged through the Baby Manual to see if there was anything about stings. There was. The Boyfriend phoned his mother in a panic. She told us what to do and then rushed over.

Where am I going with this? It’s important to know how to deal with bee/wasp stings. I didn’t think it would be a problem because I dont have flowers in my garden, but my son stepped on a bee that was (I think) resting on the grass. So, here’s a how-to guide on dealing with stings.


Bee stings are a little more troublesome as the bees leaves its stinger in the victim’s skin. If you try to pinch the sting out of the skin, you may actually pump more venom into the body.  Do not use tweezers either. The best thing to do is to scrape horizontally across the skin in order to knock the sting out (try using a credit card). Apply an antihestimine lotion or use baking soda mixed with water (this should reduce irritation).

You could also use tea tree oil on the area – it is an excellent anti-bacterial. My baby book also instructed me to rub the affected area with freshly-cut onion, as this will help to draw the venom out.


Wasp stings should be treated by rubbing vinegar onto the affected area of the skin. Alternatively, there are many lotions available that will treat wasp stings. Wasps dont leave a stinger behind, so the main concern is dealing with the pain shock of a sting.

If your child develops breathing difficulties, any swelling around eyes, lips, tongue or penis, any red blotching, light-headedness or fainting, then they must be seen by a doctor immediately.

At least we learnt one thing out of this minor ordeal. The Kid isn’t allergic to bee-stings.


3 Responses

  1. I received some good advice with regards to bee stings – once you have removed the little sting (and you don’t have the mentioned lotions with you…) use toothpaste –
    it also reliefs the irretation and itching.

  2. fabulous post girl! luckily i knew having been stung countless times myself… but this so helps!

  3. ha ha ha – I love that you carried on smoking while he was screaming. I don’t smoke, but if I did, I would probably do the same.

    Thanks for the tips on stings. What I know about First Aid is… um… let’s see….


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