01 September 2005

Centrum tip - Once bitten, twice shy

When your child is playing in the garden it's very difficult to prevent insect bites. While most insects in your garden are probably harmless, be on the lookout for signs of an adverse reaction.

Take action:
Call your doctor if: your child is having difficulty breathing, is pale, sweaty, cold and drowsy – this may mean that the child is suffering from an anaphylactic reaction, which must be treated as an emergency; your child has an obviously infected bite; there is marked redness and swelling around the bite, which is becoming increasingly painful; there are multiple bites which are causing swelling around the eyes.

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