Summer Tips: Helping Your Kids With Bug Bites & RashesPosted on July 15, 2020 by Ladybug Child Care Center
Minnesota is absolutely beautiful this time of year. Many people spend the whole summer outside!
Whether you’re making trips to the cabin, taking nature hikes, going to parks, or even just spending the day in your yard, here are some tips for some common problems that might pop up:
There’s one thing we’re always told to avoid at the cabin: Poison ivy! As the old saying goes, “Leaves of three, let it be.”
Since poison ivy, poison oak or other similar plants are very common and sometimes unavoidable, another way to prevent rashes is to wear long sleeves and long pants when you’re out in nature.
If your little bug does touch one of these plants, wash the rash with soap and water. Here are some remedies you can get from many stores:
- Calamine lotion
- Hydrocortisone cream
If none of these treatments help and the rash gets worse, go to your family doctor or dermatologist.
Mosquitos are everywhere, especially near lakes and rivers. To prevent bites from these and other annoying bugs, use a bug spray with at least 20% DEET.
Bees, on the other hand, are trickier to deal with. Many kids are allergic to them. If that’s the case for your little one, then completely avoid areas where bees seem to be swarming.
When you do encounter bees, do your best to remain calm and avoid sudden movements. The less frantic you act, the less likely you are to be stung. But being perfectly calm isn’t easy for any child, let alone a child who’s afraid.
If your kiddo does get stung by a bee and they’re allergic, go to a hospital immediately. If they’re not allergic, then do the following:
- Wash the stung area with soap and water.
- Put ice or a cold compress on the area.
- To reduce discomfort and swelling, take ibuprofen, acetaminophen or an antihistamine like Benadryl.
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Choosing childcare is one of the most important decisions you can make during your child’s early years. It can be a challenging process filled with difficult questions and feelings.
At Ladybug Child Care Center, we understand how hard this decision can be — but we also know how rewarding the right childcare choice can be for both parents and their child.
Everything we do at Ladybug is designed with your child in mind, from our individualized and nurturing infant program to our caring and stimulating toddler and preschool curricula.
We also offer programs for our school-aged children through our AdventureCentre.
Ladybug is all about meeting the individual needs of your child.
When we meet the individual needs of your little bug, we are meeting your needs as a parent.Tips for Parents