Terrified mom finds a SPIDER in her baby’s diaper – as nurses reveal the four warning signs that mean you should see your GP if your child is bitten
- A mother was shocked after seeing a spider crawl into her baby’s diaper
- She sent a photo to the Australian child safety page, CPR Kids
- Experts say spiders are commonly found in playground equipment, toys, beds and shoes
- October to March is high season for spiders along the east coast of Australia
A mother is shocked to find a spider crawling into her baby’s diaper, prompting nurses to tell them exactly what to do if a child is bitten.
The woman sent a photo of the terrifying discovery to Australia’s Facebook group, CPR Kids, as a warning to parents of the peak spider season, which runs from October to March along Australia’s east coast.
The page, which is run by registered nurses, shared the photo with the caption: “Spiders are everywhere – in playground equipment, toys, beds and shoes – an inconvenient truth!”
Although most Australian spiders, apart from funnel web and redback spiders, are not known to be fatal, their bites can cause severe pain and swelling.
A mother is shocked after finding a spider crawling in her baby’s diaper, prompting nurses to tell exactly what to do if a child is bitten
And with families spending more time than ever on playgrounds and bushwalks during lockdown, it’s vital to know the right first aid procedure.
According to the nurses behind CPR Kids, applying an ice pack relieves the pain of harmless spider bites, but there are four reasons why you should see your doctor right away.
Professional advice should be sought if your child’s pain persists, if the bite looks infected, or if your child begins to feel unwell or has vomiting, abdominal pain, fever, sweating or headache.
Nurses say you should also seek medical attention if you suspect the bite came from a funnel web or red-backed spider.
Although most Australian spiders, apart from funnel-web and red-backed spiders, are not known to be fatal, their bites can cause severe pain and swelling
If you think the spider was a funnel web or mouse spider, wrap the area tightly with a bandage and make sure your child is still, then call an ambulance.
If you think the spider was a red-backed or white-tailed spider, nurses say you should wash the area of the bite and apply an ice pack before calling an ambulance.
If it is safe to do so, they advise catching the spider in a jar to show the doctor.
The Facebook post sparked dozens of concerned reactions, with parents sharing horror stories of their little ones narrowly escaping after being bitten.
‘So important to get medical advice! Our two-year-old daughter was bitten by a white tail and I will never forget the scream,” one woman wrote.
Four reasons to see a doctor after your child is bitten by a spider
If you think your child has been bitten by a spider, see your doctor if:
1. Your child’s pain continues.
2. The bite looks infected.
3. Your child starts to feel unwell or has vomiting, abdominal pain, fever, sweating or headache.
4. You suspect a funnel web or red-backed spider bite. If possible, save the spider to show the doctor.
Source: CPR Children
“We went to the GP the same day with a slight swelling, the next morning she woke up with a swelling so bad she couldn’t open her eye, we called an ambulance and thank goodness we did.”
She continued: “There was an infection around her eye. The hospital had doctors waiting for us and everything was ready to go. She was on the IV for three days. Doctors told us we’re so lucky that the infection hasn’t spread to the eye or brain.”
A second said she once found a baby Huntsman spider crawling into her son’s sweater while she was dressing him.
A third said she was terrified after finding a “big mumma” redback at her back door, but bravely killed it before her kids got close.
“I cringe at squeezing spiders, but didn’t hesitate for a moment to kill them,” she wrote.