It is so heart breaking to see your child screaming from a wasp or bee sting. I know it from my own experience with my children. So I want to propose an effective wasp sting first aid as well as: best treatment for bee stings. Here’s what worked for me. So try it out if it works for you, you can’t do anything wrong.
When the heart is beating too hard with pain.
But before I run down a few measurements, I need to utter this warning: In case you or your child show an allergic reaction, please contact a physician immediately. This is the case, when you state a shock reaction, a strong bulge, difficulty breathing, extreme dizziness or nausea.
First remove the sting
Before you can apply any of the below mentioned tips, you have to remove the sting of the bee or wasp as soon as possible. You can use pliers, knife, credit card, tweezers or a needle. If you have time, sterilize the tool, but do not waste time. In order to guarantee optimal absorption, clean the area with soap and water before applying the first aid, otherwise the oils on the skin will repel it.
Again, check if there’s no allergic reaction. Otherwise contact a doctor immediately. Then, if possible, determine if it was a bee or a wasp.
Bee or wasp?
You have to choose a different substance depending on the quality of the venom.
- Wasps or hornets: Their venom contain powerful alkalines. Therefore, use an acid such as vinegar to neutralize them. Take a cotton ball or a piece of cloth, soak it in vinegar and put it on the sting for at least 15 minutes. The discomfort should be eliminated by then.
- Bees (and also Yellow Jackets): On the contrary, their venom has an acid quality. Therefore, use baking soda, mix it with water to a paste and apply it to the sting for at least 15 minutes. After cleaning the sting, you can treat irritations with chamomile tincture.
It is always recommendable to have some good remedies in your pocket:
- Sting Cream: handy travel tube, easy application
- Painkiller: Aspirin (18+) or Ibuprofen
- First Aid Kit: size depending on purpose
List of helpful natural remedies
Of course you don’t always have the above mentioned remedies at hand. So it’s good to know, what else can be applied when time is short and pain acute. I’ll list them according to their effectiveness beginning with the strongest.
- Heat: take a spoon and heat it over fire or in hot water, then dab it on the sting until you can leave it there. Repeat it several times. This works best, because the strong protein in the bee’s venom disintegrates above 104 °F (40 °C).
- Ice: wrapped in fabric holding onto the sting for 20 minutes. The cold works similar like the heat.
- Vinegar: for wasps and hornets (see above).
- Baking Soda: for bees and yellow jackets (see above). Important: don’t mix both, 3 and 4, because they neutralize themselves? You still can find it quite often.
- Honey: it gives a cool and soothing sensation for about 30 minutes.
- Onion: take a raw slice and put it onto the sting. I’ve done it with success, but it’s not always effective. We always had half an onion in a box with us when we went away which was our immediate first aid.
- Toothpaste: put it on the sting and leave it there for ca. 20 minutes.
- Deodorant: works too if you don’t have any of the above.
Finally, after the first pain is over, don’t forget how important bees are for the hole food chain! If you want to know more about bees, go and watch this awesome movie with a true heart for bees: More than Honey. I just watched it recently. Besides thorough and astonishing information it provides enchanting pictures.
Please share your experiences below, so I can adjust my recommendations. Thanks!