Jacob was stung by a yellow jacket on Tuesday evening. Darn thing flew right into his sandle and probably panicked
from the stench because it could not get out. Poor little guy came running in with big tears. We washed it up really good with soap and water and I went to the internet to find some home remedies.
The most common idea I found was to clean the area well, apply some ice for pain and then baking soda and apple-cider vinegar for itch. So this is what we did and all was going well! Until about 24 hours later when apparently the itch became unbearable. So we continued to put the 'yucky smelling paste' on and drank some calming tea. This seemed to be working well but needed to be reapplied every couple hours. Until about midnight last night when I could hear Jacob wiggling around, itching like crazy and sniffling back his little tears.
So back to the internet I go to dig deeper so that we could find some relief and in turn some sleep. Unfortunately I found little for answers. So by shortly after midnight Jacob's foot is soaking in an Epson Salt bath and I am mixing up some more baking soda and vinegar paste. I had also found the all natural itch cream we had bought at the co-op. After the foot soak, a cookie to help the tears, we covered the whole toe with the baking soda paste and put a sock on and back to bed we go.
About this time Rick was coughing (little cold still) and Sam was ready to nurse - but that is another post titled "Why Mommy Is Exhausted!"
I think it was 2:46am when I heard "mom, it still itches" through frustrated sobs. So out we go, clean it up, put another coat of baking soda paste, a pep talk about 'not thinking about it' and back to bed! At 4:57am we had a repeat of this scene. Okay, now I know that I am tired and I know that Jacob is tired, I can see it in is puffy eyes and his little tolerance for anything. But itching can be so frustrating, I just hope it lets up soon!
6:25am ... JACOB: "It itches again." MOM: "Okay, what do you think we should do?" JACOB: "I don't know!"
So out we go for another Epson Salt bath (which just made it itch more, according to Jacob)and then I remembered that I had read something about pennies ... that the copper in pennies neutralizes the sting and itch. Well, at this point I (and I think Jacob) would try anything. So we dried it all off and I taped several pennies all over his foot ... and guess what it has been an hour and no complaining. Jacob actually just comment with a big smile that "it does not itch." Go figure, probably the easiest of solutions seems to be working. If this works well, maybe we can all sleep tonight!!
Do you have any itchy remedies?