First Aid For A Baby Stung By A Scorpion?
We are moving to AZ, and I must admit I'm just a little scared of the scorpions. We have a young infant (3 months) and I'm a little nervous about them being around him. If he should get stung, what is the best thing to do? I have searched the internet, and can't seem to find much of anything. Any help? I know to put his crib legs in jars of water, but I'm worried about him crawling around and accidentally finding one.
The good news about scorpions is that they aren't able to climb a hard vertical surface the way spiders and insects can, so the best way to avoid a scorpion getting to your baby's crib is to check what you put into the crib carefully so a scorpion doesn't hitch a ride in. Vacuum often and make sure that things aren't left on the floor, because scorpions will hide in or under things if they can. If you or your baby gets a sting, the above two posters are right: call poison control immediately. If your baby is stung and you notice any sort of reaction that you think is abnormal, don't hesitate to call 911! Remember, it is a common myth in Arizona that smaller scorpions are more dangerous. This is not true. In fact, the only truly life-threatening species found in Arizona is the bark scorpion, which is actually larger than some other species. With care and proper caution, avoiding scorpions is not too difficult and it's rare that a person gets a sting. Good luck on your move, and I hope you enjoy our wonderful state!
Genuine First Aid's answer:
I agree with Raven. Call the Poison Control Center 1-800-222-1222. People say the sting of a baby scorpion is more dangerous than the sting of an adult, but this is false. The venom in a scorpion's stinger is the same all through a scorpion's life. http://askabiologist.asu.edu/research/scorpions/