First Aid: Insect Bites

Candidates enrolled in workplace approved childcare first aid courses will learn to recognize and care for patients with adverse effects to insect bites. Bites, regardless of the source, whether it be humans or bugs, often require first aid especially if the victim has a allergic reaction. For most bites the local area to the bite is the primary issue for first aid. This page will outline the signs and symptoms as well as good patient care for victims of bites. The material posted on this page is for information purposes only, to learn to recognize and provide care for patients with insect bites take a workplace approved childcare first aid course.

Signs and Symptoms of Insect Bites

  • Redness
  • Pain
  • Mild swelling
  • Bruising
  • Shock

Insect Bite Management

A rescuer should insure that the scene is safe prior to providing aid and approaching the patient. Bites should be managed with thorough cleaning with mild soap and water and appropriate sterile dressings. If allergic reaction occurs or if the situation worsens contact emergency medical services (EMS). Rescuer should try to assist the patient with any medication for the allergic reaction if available. The rescuer should not administer the medication or prescribe it. A rescuer should try to relay the information about the insect to EMS. Rescuer should also treat the patient for shock.

To learn more about how to recognize and provide care for a patient with insect bites take a workplace approved emergency or standard childcare first aid course. Register with out training providers located here.