Bee Stings & Insect Bites

When I was a little girl, I got stung by a bee. My grandma rubbed deodorant on the sting claiming it would help. It didn’t. It burned worse. That blue men’s Speed Stick was an insult to injury. Maybe it would have helped if it had baking soda in it like many deodorants do? I think that’s why she thought it might help.

My little love has been stung FOUR times in the last 14 months. 4 times in her 2.5 years of life. She’s a total animal lover. Like a misinformed Snow White. She calmly came in to tell me a “stingray bit” her and that she needed baking soda paste. I’ve been stung recently too and used this and it truly does minimize the irritation and pain.

🐝. Remove the stinger if it’s still in. Mix up a little baking soda and a couple drops of water to make a paste. Put on the affected area and cover with a bandage or something for 15 minutes. Reapply as needed. For the bottom of the foot I applied paste and wrapped with plastic wrap (gauze would have been preferred) and covered with a sock so she could keep playing. Baking soda helps to neutralize the venom, reducing pain, irritation, and inflammation.

🕷. This is said to also be helpful for other types of bug bites like spider and mosquito. I don’t have experience with those. Yet. Do you? Let me know.

Always look out for any sign of allergic reaction and seek treatment if necessary.

Some suggest honey is helpful as well. Honey is very soothing to the skin and just recently helped me treat an oil burn on my own skin. You can also add a little lavender to your paste. Always being mindful of appropriate oils and dilution ratios as age appropriate.