Burns, Scrapes, Stings and Other Little Emergencies

What to do for:

  1. Bee Stings
  2. Cuts and Scrapes
  3. Burns
  4. Poison Ivy
  5. Splinters
  6. Ticks

Bee Stings

If your child is stung by a bee, scrape out the stinger with the blunt edge of a knife or the side of a credit card. Wash the area with soap and water; follow with cold compresses to aid minor discomfort and apply an insect-bite medication. The sting site might be itchy, red or swollen. Should your child develop a rash or hives somewhere other than at the original spot, contact your healthcare provider right away.

Cuts and Scrapes

For minor cuts and scrapes, wash the surrounding area with cool, soapy water, then run the wound itself under cool water to flush out dirt; follow with an antiseptic or antibiotic cream; cover with a nonstick, sterile bandage. If the cut or scrape is larger, apply pressure for ten minutes to stop the bleeding using a clean cloth or your hand. Run the wound under cool water; cover with a sterile bandage. You should talk to your healthcare provider if bleeding continues.

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