I just went for a walk with my son and about a mile from home a bee landed in my hair and decided to stay there. We started to walk back to the house which took awhile so I had plenty of time to think about my situation. What would I have done if the bee landed in my son’s hair instead of mine? I probably would have taken the sleeve of my coat and gently captured the bee in it. Or I could have taken my shoes off and captured the bee inside my shoes. I decided to go home and look it up and found out that you should blow on the bee to make it leave.
You should always prevent the attraction of bees by not wearing fragrances. Bees are attracted to flowers and flowers smell nice. If you don’t smell like a flower you will have less chance of attracting bees. Flowers are bright colored so if you don’t wear bright colors you will also be safer from a sting. And since flowers taste sweet you may want to keep all sugary treats away from you and your child to help prevent getting stung. Don’t let your children wear fragrances, eat sugar or wear bright colors outdoors and they will have less chance of attracting stinging insects.
My cousin stepped on a bee when we were kids. She started to cry as the bee was stuck on the bottom of her foot making circles. My mom kept her cool and gently grabbed the bee and pulled it off. Then she checked for the stinger to see if it was stuck in my cousin’s foot. Mom gently scrapped the stinger out of her foot. My cousin was not allergic so we just stuck her foot in the lake until it felt better. She did not have shoes on and if she did it would not have happened.
What if your child is stung and they are allergic to bee stings? Anyone who has a history of being allergic to bee stings will always have a chance of having a reaction to a sting. If the allergic person is stung and does not have a bee sting kit you need to get them medical attention as soon as you can just in case they have a reaction. If the person starts to have trouble breathing or if they start to swell up too much they should also get immediate medical attention. A reaction can be deadly without proper medical attention.
But what should you do if a stinging insect lands on your child? You need to keep your child claim so you may not want to announce that a bee has landed on them unless you know your child can handle the information. Have your child play statue so they stand still. Then you can blow on the insect and hopefully it will fly away without incident.
I my situation the bee remained in my hair until we walked all the way home. This bee was very lethargic since it was cold outside so my son got a jar with a lid and gently captured it in the jar and covered it with the lid. In our case no one was injured including the insect. I did not have any fragrance or bright clothes on. I was not eating anything at all so all I can say is there is always a chance that a bee might land on you even if you are taking all precautions. If I was wearing a hat maybe it would not have happened at all.
If you would like to read more about keeping your child and yourself safe from stings you can go to http://www.drgreene.com/qa/treating-bee-stings.