Originally Posted by flmama
My 4 year old DD was recently stung by fire ants. She is itching them like crazy! She has been taking oral benadryl and I have been applying a hydrocortisone cream. I think it is mildly helping but she is awake at night itching and complains of itching and pain during the day. I have done a quick search on this forum and came up with the following:
Baking soda paste
Tea tree oil
Does anyone know if these are effective and safe to use on a child with pustules (some are oozing). I have an appt with a derm in the morning (already scheduled for another issue) and plan to ask her. The response I have been given in the past by her ped is to stick with the benadryl and cortisone cream.
Any thoughts or experience would be greatly appreciated!
The baking soda paste is safe and could help reduce the inflammation and itching. Personally, I don't like to put tea tree oil on broken skin. I am very sensitive to it, but not everyone is. It's safe.
Also, if you can find this weed anywhere nearby, it will help a lot with reducing the stinging/itching/inflammation:
Plantain leaf (no relation to plantains) grows close to the ground and usually in drier soil and mixed in with grass.http://maryanncopson.typepad.com/pho...afplantain.jpg
This shows a really thick patch but it is often flattened against the ground and doesn't always have those long buds sticking out of the center. Sometimes they are a lot shorter. More like this http://www.herbies-herbs.com/pages/h...ntain6430L.jpg
It is fibrous too. Here are some more pictures http://www.cas.vanderbilt.edu/bioima...ecies/plru.htm
What I do is rinse it and chew it and apply the chewed leaf as a poultice over the area and wrap it with guaze or an ace bandage or a rag or a sock or something to keep it in place. You can mash it up another way if you want by chopping it or tearing it or pulsing it in a blender or food processor. I think saliva enzymes probably help activate the healing properties but I haven't researched it to find out so don't mind me. When my kids get bee stings it works to eliminate the pain and swelling in a matter of hours. It's really magic.
Another thing that I have done to relieve the insane annoyance of fire ant bites is to run an ice cube over it. Ahhhh relief.
Also, an ointment with calendula, chamomile, and golden seal can help speed the healing so it doesn't bother her for so long.
I hope she gets relief soon!