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Hi all<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"> 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:<br><br>
Baking soda paste<br>
Tea tree oil<br><br>
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.<br><br>
Any thoughts or experience would be greatly appreciated!
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">Hi all<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"> 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:<br><br>
Baking soda paste<br>
Tea tree oil<br><br>
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.<br><br>
Any thoughts or experience would be greatly appreciated!</div>
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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.<br>
Also, if you can find this weed anywhere nearby, it will help a lot with reducing the stinging/itching/inflammation:<br>
Plantain leaf (no relation to plantains) grows close to the ground and usually in drier soil and mixed in with grass.<br><a href="http://maryanncopson.typepad.com/photos/uncategorized/2008/02/14/broadleafplantain.jpg" target="_blank">http://maryanncopson.typepad.com/pho...afplantain.jpg</a><br>
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 <a href="http://www.herbies-herbs.com/pages/herbpictures/plantain6430L.jpg" target="_blank">http://www.herbies-herbs.com/pages/h...ntain6430L.jpg</a><br>
It is fibrous too. Here are some more pictures <a href="http://www.cas.vanderbilt.edu/bioimages/species/plru.htm" target="_blank">http://www.cas.vanderbilt.edu/bioima...ecies/plru.htm</a><br><br>
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.<br><br>
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.<br><br>
Also, an ointment with calendula, chamomile, and golden seal can help speed the healing so it doesn't bother her for so long.<br><br>
I hope she gets relief soon!
 

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Thank you so much for the recommendations! I will look for that weed in our yard although I don't remember seeing anything like it...<br><br>
The tea tree oil was a concern for me as well. My daughter has very sensitive skin so the last thing I want is for her to have a reaction to something else! I already feel horrible about these bites. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/greensad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="greensad"> A friend recommended a foot bath with epson salt or the baking soda and maybe a couple of drops of the tea tree oil. The derm rescheduled with us so I am taking her in tomorrow afternoon. I'm hoping to get her some relief (and much needed sleep) in the meantime!<br><br>
Thank you again for you help!
 

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Hopefully they are getting better. A nice calendula ointment should really soothe. And soaking with salts will help a little too.
 
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