Bug bites and stings usually are just nuisances. They bring momentary alarm, temporary discomfort and pain, but no serious or lasting health problems. But on occasion, they can cause infections that require treatment and allergic reactions that can be serious, even fatal.
Parents should know the signs of an infection or allergic reaction, and when to get medical attention. Inform all caregivers if a child has any history of complications so they know what to do in the event of a bug bite or sting.
Get medical help right away if you notice any of the following signs, which may indicate a serious or potentially life-threatening allergic reaction:
- Wheezing or difficulty breathing
- Tightness in throat or chest
- Swelling of the lips, tongue, or face
- Dizziness or fainting
- Nausea or vomiting
Did You Know?
Light-colored clothing can help reduce the incidence of bug bites and bee stings.
FAMIS Plus or FAMIS (the low to no cost health care coverage for children through the Commonwealth of VA) covers well child and sick child visits to your doctor as well as immunizations.
Is your child covered?
If not, call Ann Walker, Project Connect Outreach at 276-732-0509 to see if your family qualifies for one of these plans. A family of 4 earning up to $51,455 a year may qualify.
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