Insect bites

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Discover how to recognize, treat and prevent insect bites and bee stings, and when to seek medical attention.

Key points

  • Insect bites often cause swelling and redness.
  • Some children experience severe and potentially life-threatening reactions to stings from certain insects like bees and wasps.
  • Common biting or stinging insects include mosquitoes, blackflies, bees and wasps.
  • Some children respond well to antihistamine medication; others may just need some ice.
  • Prevent insect bites and stings by covering the body with light-coloured clothing and applying insect repellent to exposed skin.
  • DEET is a very effective repellent for insects that bite, but use it carefully according to your child's age. If using sunscreen and insect repellent, apply sunscreen first.
Last updated: March 23rd 2021