Teach your children how to sign “bug”.

Hand Shape: 3 handshape with right hand
Location: thumb placed at nose
Tip: move two fingers up an down (wiggle like action)
Action: imitating a bug’s antennae twitching

Video Transcript:  Bug B_U_G.  Bug is done with the number 3 hand, bend your fingers. Put your thumb on your nose and wiggles your fingers for bug (shows sign).

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Insect stings and bites in young children may be painful, frightening, or irritating, but they’re rarely a cause for concern unless your child has an allergic reaction.

Call 911 for a bug bite if you experience the following:

  • An allergic reaction to an insect bite or sting before
  • Wheezing or difficulty breathing
  • Tightness in throat or chest
  • Swelling of the lips, tongue, or face
  • Dizziness or fainting
  • Nausea or vomiting

How to deal with 2 common bugs:

Mosquitoes
Background Info: They live in wooded, grassy areas and over lakes and ponds. They can transmit West Nile virus, but this is rare.
First Aid: Use hydrocortisone cream, calamine lotion, or a baking-soda paste onto itchy bites. A cool compress may bring some relief. Call your doctor if bites become infected or if your child develops a fever or a serious headache.
Helpful Hint: When mosquitoes are most active, try to keep your child indoors after dusk or at least apply repellent to the skin, dress in pants and a long-sleeved shirt.

Ticks
Background Info: These bugs tiny bugs usually live in wooded areas. They can transmit Rocky Mountain spotted fever and Lyme disease. Ticks go to snug, warm areas of the body.
First Aid: Remove a tick with tweezers where the tick’s body meets the skin. Look to make sure you have pulled out the tick’s tiny head. Wash the area and apply antibiotic ointment. Call the doctor if your child develops a fever or a rash.
Helpful Hint: If your child will be in a wooded area, apply repellent and dress her in a long-sleeved shirt, pants, and socks. Check her entire body for ticks daily.

I find it helpful to encourage the child to sign BUG and then mimic the bite action while I’m treating the area to keep them distracted from the discomfort.  You can also use this sign while on nature walks with your child. Add to their outside vocabulary with our Outside Flash Card set, click here. It’s always a joy to see their vocabulary of another language expand.  Be sure to show us with pictures of your child signing BUG.

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