~ Excerpts taken from How To Raise An Exceptional Child by Almine
Bites, Stings, and Sunburn:
If you do not have an insect repellent handy that contains citronella oil, rub the outside surface of some orange peel across your child’s exposed skin.
Cut open an aloe vera leaf and apply the gel inside it to the injury. Aloe vera gel can also be purchased in a pharmacy or health food store. Applying aloe vera after you have treated the bite or burn helps the skin to heal. Rub a bit of the gel on your skin after cleansing at night for soft skin in days.
Chilled witch hazel, white or apple cider vinegar also stops itching.
Activated charcoal is another treatment for spider or other bites and stings. Remove any stingers first, however. Use clean water to make a paste of the charcoal and apply it to the affected area. A piece of plastic wrap covered with a bandage will keep the substance in place. This is also an excellent remedy for boils or pimples.
A paste of baking soda and cool water is an excellent antidote for stings.
Note: if the sting creates an allergic reaction with abnormal swelling, difficulty in breathing, welts and signs of shock, call for emergency medical assistance immediately
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