Posted by John Fasoldt on 6:14:33 4/8/2011 from 188.8.131.52:
In reply to: female carpenter bees stinging posted by Mommy Dearest on 0:20:55 4/8/2011 from 184.108.40.206:
Hmmmm. In some 45 years I have never seen a CB (female) ever sting anyone, even when held captive in your hand. Not sure if she would sting if your baby rolled over on it, or something. But just to sting an exposed hand is something a CB would not ordinarily do. I guess it's possible that it was not a CB and perhaps another kind. Bumblebees look quite like CBs, and they will sting readily, but again usually only when disturbed.
As far as treatment is concerned, you probably shouldn't be asking an exterminator... The "toxins" are the sting - it's what makes it hurt. I also have no idea of what the effect would be on someone with asthma - I do think you should be careful with what medicines you give to him, some may have a conflict with what you give him for his condition.
Usually, the first 24 hours are the worst with any sting. The "hurt" usually ends within a few hours or less. Other effects (itching, mostly) will come later. Try not to make a big deal out of it, your emotions are easily transferred to the baby and could make things worse. Usually, it is NBD.
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