First off we have wasps & hornets more than bees. Every year we go around the house and begin killing the nests, then we continue until winter. A couple of weeks ago Lina was playing out back and for what ever reason she crawled under the deck messing around, she got stung on the cheek by a wasp. Today she was doing something on the railroad tie stairs that we have going from the porch to the driveway. There are holes in the ties from where the metal stakes to hold the tracks to them were attached. Well the wasps finally decided to make homes in them this year. Her brother has been spraying wasp & hornet nests since April, everytime he sees one he gets the spray. Well we don't know exactly what she was doing but she has gotten really bad about poking sticks in them or digging them bigger. Well she got stung 4 times, once on the thumb which is the worst one then on her belly just below the belly button she has one good sting and 2 that look more like stinger scratches. She has some swollen spots but nothing bad.
No signs of allergic reaction thankfully. I gave her some benedryl after the first sting, ice pack on cheek and cartoons on TV she was fine and NOT TIRED, just the opposite she was wound up. ugh. I just watched her closely for about 4 hours before I felt okay I didn't give her anything just watched her, she is doing fine. I am allergic and my reaction takes almost 90 minutes to set in, at least to the point of needing an ER so that is why I watch her for so long.
I asked her if she remembered the sting on her cheek, did she remember how bad it hurt? She said she did but I don't think she really does. I told her that she can't play with the bees, they aren't like the bee friend that Mickey Mouse has. I told her and her Papa told her "when you see the bees walk away" I am not holding my breath about her remembering that one.
After 36 hours we went to the urgent care clinic. She had no serious reaction to the stings, just some local swelling. Swelling stayed same all day, then after being in the pool, which is like swimming in ice water the sting areas were more swollen and felt hotter. She was acting fine but i've never had a kid who had any kind of a reaction like this. I took her in and the Dr put her on amoxacillin, and benebryl then we go back in the AM to see her again. Dr is worried a little about the ones on her stomach and maybe getting some infection. If the swelling hasn't gone down or shown any signs of beginning to go down Lina will probably have to be put on steroids. So I am guessing that Lina is having more than just a topical/localized reaction.