In South Africa, bees attack 44 children, according to an article on The Global Post. They had been on a preschool field trip and were attacked without provocation. This is not the typical behavior of honey bees, but sources indicate they were not venomous 'killer bees'. The children ranged from age 2 to 6; four of the attacked are in critical condition.
- low-blood pressure
- difficulty breathing
- anaphylactic shock (in severe cases)
To prevent bee stings, try not to attract them. Avoid wearing brightly colored clothes and sweet smelling perfume, and don't overreact to bees when they are near by. They only sting when they feel threatened.
To treat a bee sting:
- Remove the stinger, but don't squeeze it. A credit card or fingernail should easily scrape it off.
- Ice it, or apply a cool compress.
- For pain, use an OTC pain medication; for itching, use an antihistamine.
WebMD has a First Aid & Emergency page for insect stings.