When we trade out the winter weather for warmth, we also start to see more
insects and snakes. Today I would like to share with you some tips and
tricks on how to care for stings, tick bites, and snake bites.
Remove the stinger as quickly as possible with the scraping motion of
a fingernail. Put a cold compress on the bite to relieve the pain. If
hives, nausea, vomiting, trouble breathing, or fainting occurs, call your
doctor or 911. For spider bites, call the
Poison Center 1.800.222.1222 and describe the spider.
Animal or human bites
Wash the wound thoroughly with soap and water. Call your doctor.
Place tweezers as close as possible to the head of tick and slowly pull
the tick away from the point of attachment. Call your doctor if parts
of the tick remain under the skin or if the child develops symptoms such
as a rash or fever.
Keep the child at rest. Call the Poison Center 1.800.222.1222. Do not
apply ice. Loosely splint the injured extremity. Take the child to an
emergency department immediately or call 911 . Keep the extremity as rest, position at, or
slightly below, the level of the heart.
This first aid information is provided by the
American Academy of Pediatrics.
Valerie Amstadt, PA-C, works as a team with Drs.
Francesca McCaffrey and
Hollie Stewart at the Campbell County Medical Group
Pediatrics Clinic located in the
Main Clinic at 501 S. Burma Avenue in Gillette, Wyoming, on the south side of
Campbell County Memorial Hospital. They are accepting new patients and are passionate about your child’s
health and well-being. Call 307.688.3636 for an appointment. Learn more
about this practice at