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Son got bit by tons of ants!

My husband took my son to the park and he called me and told me that he picked up a stick that was COVERED in ants and now he has bites all over his hands.

He's scratching them like crazy and his hand is getting puffy.

What should I do?! Benadryl? calamine lotion? the bits are on his hands so I want to make sure anything we put on is OK for him to ingest a little bit of.

Husband sent me this picture of some of the bites.

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A solution of baking soda can help neutralize the poison - soak his hand in a bowl full of water saturated with baking soda. You can also make the baking soda into a paste and let it dry on the afflicted skin.

Be careful of benedryl or anything containing cortisone to stop the itching, but those will work. Read the packages for use on little ones before you use anything like that.

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I would wash his hands well with warm soapy water. Then, depending on his age I would probably try ibuprofen gel. We have had a lot of success with it for mozzie bites. If he was really distressed I might give an oral analgesic as well.

Ice may also help if he'll tolerate it.
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Thanks for the suggestions!

Husband still isn't home, he's stopping by the pharmacy to pick up some benadryl just in case.

I'll try the baking soda and ice. If he seems really uncomfortable I might try the benadryl too.

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