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Bees – For adults

Fascinating experience for grown-ups and kids: Bienenerlebnis Burgrain bee discovery centre.

Bienenerlebnis Burgrain bee discovery centre

A trip to the Burgrain bee discovery centre in Alberswil LU is a fun and exciting way for you and your kids to find out more about the world of bees.

More information at: www.museumburgrain.ch

What to do after a bee sting

Families spend a lot of time outdoors in the summer. And that’s when bees are most active. Bees are hugely important for human beings and the natural world, but bee stings are painful and can be very dangerous for people with allergies. So prevention is always better than cure! We’ve put together some useful tips on how to avoid bee stings and what to do if you do get stung.

How to protect your child from being stung

  • Avoid areas close to beehives.
  • Make sure sweet foods and drinks are covered up, and remember that bees are attracted by sweet-smelling perfumes and after-shave.
  • Make sure your kids wear shoes when they’re running around flowery meadows.
  • Be calm around bees. You shouldn’t try to scare them off or brush them away

 

How do you recognise a bee sting?

  • The sting hurts really badly.
  • The bee’s stinger remains stuck in your skin. The bee dies after it has stung.
  • The place you’ve been stung gets red and swollen.



Things that can help if you’ve been stung by a bee

The suggested treatments are listed in order of effectiveness. But be careful: you must ask your doctor if you’re unsure or if there’s an allergic reaction!

  • Carefully pull out the stinger as quickly as possible. Take care not to squeeze or squash the poison sac so that no more poison gets pumped into the body.
  • Treating stings with heat: The toxic protein in bee venom is destroyed at a temperature of 40°C. Heat up a spoon in water or over a fire. First hold it cautiously above the area of the sting. When the spoon has cooled down slightly, hold it directly on the sting.
  • Treating stings with ammonia or vinegar: Put ammonia or wine vinegar on a cloth, and pat it gently over the sting.
  • Treating stings with onions: Make a purée with fresh onions. Spread the purée on a cloth and place this compress on the area of the sting for 30 minutes.
  • Treating stings with cold: Wrap up ice cubes or a cold pack in a facecloth or washrag and press it on the area of the sting.
  • Treating stings with ointment or cream: You can treat stings with a special ointment or cream such as Soventol or Fenistil.
    Source: www.bienenstiche.com

How dangerous are bee stings? What are the risks for people with allergies?

Bee venom contains a particularly powerful toxic protein. This means that besides being very painful, a bee sting can be potentially life-threatening for people with an allergy.

So if there are any allergic reactions such as serious swelling, dizziness or shortness of breath, it’s advisable to call a hospital or doctor immediately!

People who know they’re allergic to bee stings should have their emergency medicine with them at all times during the bee season.

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