How To Treat Ant Bites In A Toddler
Fire ants found their way to North America via a ship traveling from South America. When the ship reached the US these fire ants found a new home and have been migrating across the country since then.
Fire ant bites may not seem like a big deal, however the venom can actually be life threatening if the toddler is allergic. Others may experience only local reactions. Most of the time, fire ant bites in toddlers sting bad at first and will cause plenty of tears. However, the bite will eventually fill with puss and itch badly. These small blisters that result are generally what causes the most pain and itching. If your toddler has difficulty breathing, hives, vomiting, or nausea then it is important to take them to the emergency room immediately.
The best treatment for local ant bite reactions is to treat the symptoms. Benadryl or hydrocortisone cream will reduce the itching. The blisters will usually pop from the toddler scratching them, however it is not likely that it will become infected. Should this occur your pediatrician will want to take a look at it. Keep in mind that any signs that worry you or seem abnormal warrant a trip to the doctor or emergency room. People have died from fire ant bites in the past so being extra careful really is important.
Your child may experience swelling around the sting or in the general vicinity. This is normal and will likely go down in a few days. Remember that it may take a couple weeks for the blisters to heal up, so don’t worry too much over those.
The most important thing you can do is ensure that your toddler is as comfortable as possible and does not focus on the stings so much. Don’t make your toddle wear shoes if they are uncomfortable during this time. Also, placing wet washcloths on the feet may help the itching somewhat. Let your toddler play in the pool or take lots of baths to counteract some of the itching.
If you have fire ant hills on your property buy some chemicals that you can treat them with. You don’t want any more run ins with these ornery little pests so try your best to eliminate them. They only get worse if you ignore them, so try and eliminate them! When you don’t have fire ants on your property then you will have a better chance of keeping them from biting your little one.