Bees and wasps are nature’s friends. They help pollinate flowers, bringing life to your garden and they are a vital part of our ecosystem. Most of the time bees and wasps will do their best to avoid people and kids, especially the stinging ones. However, when they are defending themselves they do sting, and it hurts. What’s more, some insect stings can cause severe reactions and can be potentially dangerous to the unlucky few. So here’s what to do if your child gets a sting and how to avoid getting stung!
Honey bees rarely sting and only the females have an actual stinger so it's best to teach your child not to panic if one buzzes close. Show them that if they remain calm and still, the bee or wasp will realise they are not a juicy flower and fly away. if they do accidentally anger the bee and get stung, heres what to do:
Bee and wasps stings generally hurt more than they cause damage and the pain will go away in a few hours. However, a sting is always traumatic for a child so it is best to teach them to avoid being stung in the first place. If you feel your child is at risk of being stung out and about, don't let them carry sweet food around outside, dress them in long sleeves, keep their feet covered, and don't let them play near blooming flowers.