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If you’ve ever suffered a bee sting, you know how painful they can be. As a parent, it’s natural to want to keep your child from experiencing that same discomfort.
Here are some tips on how to protect your child from bee stings.
Wear Protective Clothing to Avoid Child Bee Stings
Bees + wasps are most active during the cooler periods of the day, sunrise + at sunset. If your children are outside during this time, make sure they’re wearing long sleeves + pants. Caution them against running barefoot through untended grassy areas.
In addition, their shirts should be tucked into their pants whenever possible. Avoid dressing them in dark colors or floral patterns, as both are known to attract wasps and bees.
Long sleeves + pants can also help to protect them from flea + tick bites.
Check Your Home
You can help prevent wasps’ nests by spraying beneath your eaves with an insecticide sometime in early spring (April is the best time to do this). If you do find yourself dealing with an infestation, a pest control company can help you get rid of the nests.
Visits typically cost under $200 + you can get rid of the fear + hassle of removing the wasps yourself.
Pest control companies won’t kill bumblebees when removing them because they are so important to the environment, so you should try not to kill them either. Wasps, on the other hand, pose far more risks than benefits.
Keep Food + Drink Covered
Since bees are attracted to sweet things, it stands to reason that they would be tempted to fly into an open soft drink can — + this is more common than most people realize. To make matters worse, a child bee sting in the mouth or nose can lead to swelling, causing respiratory difficulties even in individuals who aren’t allergic to bees.
If you’re dining outdoors, make sure all unattended beverages are equipped with covers or lids. Keep food secure in coolers or refrigerated lunch bags until it’s time to eat + keep an eye on communal bowls + containers—especially if they’re being used to hold desserts, fruit salad, or other sugary snacks.
While it’s impossible to prevent insect bites + child bee stings altogether, you can lessen the risks by following the steps outlined above.
Now that everyone is ready for safe fun in the sun, check out A Complete Mom Guide to Summer Activities with Kids (So Everyone Survives the Summer).