I once went to my little nephew’s three year old birthday party. Just before the party began, he was bit by a wasp or hornet. I watched as my brother-in-law, quickly applied a penny over the bite and a bandaid to keep it in place.
I had never seen such a thing. He told me the copper helped with the pain somehow. So I stored that little tidbit of knowledge away for future reference.
Awhile later, while we were picking beans, my daughter got bit by a wasp on her thumb. She was screaming like a banshee and I ran with her to get a penny. I pressed the penny against the bite and within seconds she stopped screaming. This saved her from added trauma and saved my eardrums as well.
Interestingly enough when I looked this up on the internet, I found plenty of ideas here, but it said that the penny was an old wives tale.
Well I don’t care if this wife is telling a tale–it worked for us! Before I witnessed the penny idea, my little niece got bit by a wasp. She cried off and on for about 45 mintues. We used Benadryl cream, liquid benadryl, and ice and nothing seemed to help. I could actually see a trail of white going up her foot from where the bite was.
I used the penny for my daughter and within a minute she was fine. I witnessed the same thing with my nephew who went on to enjoy his birthday party without a worry about his wasp bite.
I guess some old wives tales really do work.
I can’t believe how well it worked. So add a penny to your first aid kit.
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