I’m writing this blog post for any mama’s who haven’t experienced what I just went through this last week. I want to educate everyone and let you know how serious of an issue this can be with your babies. Weston got stung by a scorpion in our garage on Thursday night. He was at home with Cody while I was at work. Can you imagine as a mom/parent, getting that phone call that you have to meet your spouse and baby at the ER? I was in pure panic and rushed to the hospital. Cody wasn’t too sure what was going on, but I knew if he knew he had to take Weston to the hospital, it was serious and it was. Signs and symptoms hit immediately, where as with an adult they’re not as serious. His eyes were rolling in the back of his head, he could barely breath, he was drooling, which then turned to vomiting, sweating profusely, couldn’t walk, wanted to be held but then wouldn’t want to be touched. All of this happened within 10-15 minutes of him being stung. His crying was loud and his eyes were rolling and from there on everything took over. As soon as I met Cody at the ER, I noticed he was barely breathing and lost it. We ran in and they immediately took us back. The nurses had to swaddle him so tight to get an IV in his arm and start the anti-scorp fluid. Keep in mind that when a child is stung by a scorpion its a neurological effect. Every time he was touched, it caused pain to shoot through his body, so he was extremely restless and nothing could soothe him. Once the IV started I was hoping it would take the symptoms away. It took three bags of anti-scorp in an IV drip and a couple of hours to finally get him stable. This was becoming my worst nightmare. I really thought Weston wasn’t going to be okay. As we held him down to try and get him to relax I thought it was only getting worse. The vomiting continued, the sweating was unlike any other and his eyes rolling in the back of his head was more frequent and lasted way longer that before. I could feel his heart racing through his chest. I tried everything I could to get him to relax but it never lasted longer than a couple of seconds. The doctors said that Weston was the fifth case within a week and informed both Cody and I that this year it has been extremely bad. I’m not writing this blog post to scare any of you mama’s, I just want you all to be prepared as a parent and know the symptoms.
Signs + Symptoms
- Intense pain
- Loud cry
- Swelling at the sight where they’re stung
- Difficulty breathing
- Eye rolling
- Nausea and Vomiting
- High blood pressure (Hypertension)
- Accelerated heart rate
What To Do:
Take them to the ER immediately. Scorpion stings can be fatal to children.
How Much Does Anti-Scorp Cost:
1 bag of anti-scorp cost $10,000.
How Many Bags Does It Take For A Child To Be Okay?
It ranges from 1-5 bags for a child to be in the clear, however, if a child is given three or more bags of anti-scorp they will be admitted into the hospital depending on progress.