Names have been changed to protect the innocent...and my husband...and me...but not the dog. His name is Dexter.

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Tip Tuesday-Bee Sting Relief

Lately we've been having some issues with bees.  Bees being in our house, in particular.  They were our numerous and unwanted guests.  Now, I realize that bees play in important part in our environment and in my garden, but in my house they are a nuisance.  Nothing inside needs pollinating, thank you very much.  We figured out where they were coming from (hopefully) and got it all taken care of.  The only problem was that there were still a few rogue bees floating randomly through the house.  Which was fun. 
Last week, we were getting ready to head to the theater.  I was taking my girls to see the Wizard of Oz in a local park and they were primping accordingly.  Of course this primping included mood changing lipstick and various layers of jewelry for the girls.  I was just hoping to get my hair brushed out and dressed in clothing that would be vaguely appropriate for our outing.  Out of the blue, Lolly started screaming.  She doesn't appreciate bees and she said that one was on her.  Obviously I rushed to her (saw the bee on the floor) and she told me she had been stung on her face.  I took her into the bathroom and CG was dispatched to, um...dispose of the attacker.  I can live in peace with the bees, but not if they sting my baby.

To be perfectly honest, my biggest concern was that she would have an allergic reaction.  She had never been stung before (despite having a bee stuck in her hair at school this past spring) and I was worried she might have inherited that particular allergy.  I wanted to help her calm down and go from there.  Within a couple of minutes her check went from being red all over to having two small red bumps appeared on her face so it was clear she had been stung.  Twice.  And she needed some relief.

I've only been stung by a bee once (I think I was 10) and I was at a friends house.  When we told her mom that I had been stung, she got a paper towel and wetted it with cold water.  Then she folded it into a square and put baking soda on it.  She told me to hold it over the sting and it would help relieve the pain.  Amazingly it worked!  And it worked really well with Lolly too!    I don't know if it's the cold water or the baking soda (or the combination of the two) that's the miracle worker, but Lolly calmed right down.  And the red bumps were gone within 5-10 minutes.  She also explained to me that the only reason she was so upset was because that was the first time she had been stung and she wasn't expecting it.  My sweet girl...trying to help me feel better when she gets stung by a bee. 

And of course my Lolly girl is my Lolly girl, regardless of the situation.  When I asked (a bit out of paranoia) how her tongue felt, she looked at me and said, "It feels wet".  And then giggled.  That's my girl.


Kristina P. said...

She's a trooper!

I've only been stung once, by a bee that was almost dead, next to a pool.

Brady + Marsha said...

What a sweetheart! I'm glad it didn't hurt her too bad.

Anonymous said...

awe poor thing - my mom always did the same but with the "Accent" seasoning (I think basically MSG). She said that there was something in it that broke down the proteins that were part of the sting. I have no idea but I love when those easy to do remedies work!

Messy Musings said...

oh yeah, baking soda does work. my Dad was a backyard beekeeper for years. needless to say, I didn't go into the backyard very often.

also, if there is a reaction benedryl might help (but if its a severe reaction, get thee to an instacare or ER post haste!)

Messy Musings said...

ooops, forgot to also say... I'm glad Lolly wasn't hurt too badly!!

AiringMyLaundry said...

I'm glad Lolly was okay.

I'm terrified of bees. I was also stung around 10 and I have this fear it'll happen again. I was stung behind the knee. I went to sit down and OUCH!

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