I'm not talking those tiny little ones that invade our homes in NZ (and Oz) but these rather large ants - that BITE!!!
Miss K has never reacted well to any biting insects and even a mosquito bite will often end up infected and worse still, with cellulitis, requiring antibiotics.
Ant bites were a new insect bite for us to deal with and we've even had to request that at school she doesn't sit on the ground during PE or lunchtime.
On Friday a mean big ant, however bit her on the back of her leg and at 1.45pm I got a phone call from the school to say she had been bitten and what should they do (yep, I am the mother who forgot to send along the antihistamines).
With only an hour of school to go I thought surely it would be fine. The school office lady said it was the size of a 10 cent piece and they were putting ice on it.
When I picked her up one hour later it was the size of the black line approx 16 cm x 6cm!!
Her leg was swollen and radiating a lot of heat as well as being pretty painful. We put ice on it as well as lavender oil (which is great for insect bites) and gave her antihistamines, and then yesterday had to resort to taking her to the doctor because it was spreading fast and very painful, hot and tight (now 16cm x 8cm).
The doctor prescribed Prednisone... and today she is finally getting some relief from the bite .. and lots of emotional outbursts from the prednisone.
We have tried Stingose and like to keep things as natural as possible. Prednisone and antibiotics are an absolute last resort... anyone who has had a child on Prednisone will know why...
Has anyone got any great tips for dealing with Ant and insect bites???