I have and love bees. An unfortunate draw back to bees would be the stinging factor that they have a tendency to bring on the beekeeper and their family. Luckily, I have managed to not be cursed with any allergies and my kids have as well. We did have a little issue with a bee sting concerning our youngest…Mr. Soup (nickname… long story). He was stung last year and he had an abnormal reaction but nothing too serious. This year however was quite the different matter.
Like all normal two year olds, this little guy has a tendency to learn through trial and error. He decided to play with a bee and was quite shocked when it decided to sting him. He quickly swelled at the sting site on his hand. In a time span of about 3 minutes he started to swell in his face and feet. Hives broke out over most of his body that were welted and raised. We have a history of severe bee allergies in my family so I freaked out and was of course preparing for anaphylactic shock. After about ten minutes of normal even breathing I ruled out calling the ambulance. The hives were making life rather itchy for him though. I rubbed him down with some lavender and when that didn’t seem to help I put him in the tub with some epsom salt.
The hives were progressively getting worse in the tub. Just before reaching for the benedryll and knowing I was about to face a all day nap (resulting in staying up all night with my lil dude) I decided to give the essential oils a try. The common treatment for allergies with essential oils would be equal parts lemon, peppermint and lavender. I mixed this up in a little sample bottle and gave him 3 drops of the blend every 20 minutes for about 2 hours. He was not happy as the oils do not taste like candy and any form of conforming to authority is unacceptable to him. SO!!! I had to force it on him. I decided to just get it done and give it to him straight rather than in water. Much screaming ensued… did I mention I did this every 20 minutes for two hours? He hated life that day. I hated life that day.
The hives started to lessen after about 2 or 3 treatments. I gave him another dose right before nap time and he was able to actually sleep. When he woke up he was symptom free. Well, aside from the typical reaction of a sting sight swelling. Thats something we can live with. We did topically apply deep blue, lavender and some frankinsence to lessen the swelling and it did go down in pretty good time… but nothing too miraculous. Mostly, it helped with the itching which is nothing to scoff at.
Generally, bees stay out of our yard and my other two kids have yet to see a sting. My daughter has no interest in the bee yard and doesn’t have a desire to get close. My four year old is some kind of bee whisperer though. He has no trouble letting a bee crawl on his hand and will sit next to the entrance watching the comings and going of the bees. He will cry and freak out if somebody else gets stung though. So if your thinking bees are a bad idea because of your kids, I will say do your research or email me and we can chat about it. Bees are awesome.
I will however be anxiously awaiting the next sting with Mr. Soup and if the allergy worsens we’ll probably start packing epi pens.