New Title Courtesy of Casey because she’s awesome like that
That face was not quite so happy last night.
Last night that adorable face crumpled into screams the likes of which I’ve never heard before; sobbing, shuddering, convulsive screams of pain and terror.
Last night at kickball practice Monkey’s two year old toes were attacked by huge (everything’s bigger in Texas) red vicious Fire Ants. Those fireants got trapped between his big toe and the little piggie that stayed home.
By the time I could get to him and remove his sandal and brush them off he was lying on the ground screaming and writhing in pain and from what I could see, they had bitten him 8 times.
His foot swelled up and the screaming continued.
The writhing in pain.
The convulsive, hiccuping sobs.
My heart breaking.
After an hour or more of crying, benadryl finally helped, orally and topically.
Thank y’all so much for all the suggestions via twitter!!
I’m sharing them with y’all here:
- vinegar and water immediately will help
- 9:1 water:bleach will help for days
- Aloe or sunburn gel
- benadryl if you have it
- baking soda and water paste
If you have any more suggestions or remedies for burning, blistering fire ant bites, please share them here. They’re like a plague around Texas during the summer.
The fever is gone today as is most of the swelling but he’s definitely clinging to me and much more somber than normal, so we’re going to go cuddle some more and spend the day running our errands with a Monkey (almost literally) on my back.
*I know that I’ve shared some bloody gory pics of my kids’ injuries before, but the swollen red, pus filled bites on his feet, are just awful to look at, so I’m sparing y’all.