Summer is upon us and with that, long summer nights, bonfires, camping and many other outdoor activities. These fun events with our families can be ruined by pesky bugs that may end up biting us or our children.
When it comes to bug bites, prevention and preparation for outdoor activities is essential! We know that our children are bound to get stung by a bee, bit by a mosquito or bit by a tick. As parents, we can try to reduce the likelihood of our little ones being bothered by following a few simple steps.
It is important that we keep our children away from areas that may attract certain bugs. Bees and wasps are attracted to trash cans due to the food that has been disposed. Stay away from the swampy, wet land areas where mosquitos breed. Making sure that your child has long sleeves and long pants when appropriate can help reduce bug bites on their arms and legs. Many of us are concerned with spraying our children down with bug spray, but it is the most effective way to prevent bug bites. Remember to consider your child’s age when applying bug spray, and if you are unsure if they are old enough please consult their doctor for further information. Every child reacts differently to a bug bite and it is important that we check to make sure that nothing is out of the ordinary if we are aware of a bug bite on our child’s body.
KidsHealth.org has listed some first aid information for treating insect stings and bites:.