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Most insect bites and stings are not poisonous and come from
mosquitoes, flies, fleas, spiders, ticks, wasps, bees and beetles.
In Australia, it is rare for insects to transmit diseases to people.
When it does happen, it usually tends to be in remote parts of the
All insect bites are allergic reactions and the size of the
reaction depends on the degree of allergy your child has. Very
occasionally children may have a severe allergic reaction, called anaphylaxis. Anaphylaxis is a medical emergency and needs to be treated
As a general rule for repeated insect bites (such as mosquitos),
the size of insect bite reactions are larger in early
childhood then slowly reduce as the child gets older.
The symptoms of insect bites or stings can vary a lot depending
on how allergic your child is to that insect.
The signs and symptoms include:
If your child has any swelling of the lips or tongue, or
difficulty breathing, seek medical help immediately.
If your child is stung or bitten you may be able to manage
the problem without seeing a doctor. You could try:
See your doctor if:
If your child has had a bad allergic reaction in the
past, their doctor may suggest using an oral steroid drug such
as prednisolone, or a self injection kit called an
Developed by the RCH Dermatology
Department in 2006. Updated