Baby survives scorpion sting

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ORACLE, Ariz. – Ever wonder what to do if your child is stung by a scorpion? One local mom learned the hard way that every second counts.

“It was the worst experience of my entire life,” said Stephanie Moors after her 6-month-old daughter, Daisy, was stung by a scorpion. “I laid her down on the mat feeding her, just as she fell asleep I looked down just in time to see the tail of a scorpion move under her head.”
 
It happened while the two were visiting in Oracle, Ariz. Moors called poison control and was told to monitor her, but within moments Daisy’s condition worsened.
 
“Not even five minutes later she started vomiting, convulsing and my girlfriend called back for an ambulance,” said Moors. By the time paramedics arrived, “she was still convulsing, foaming at the mouth, her eyes were rolling back in her head and she was screaming.”
 
Within moments Daisy had stopped breathing, she was intubated and flown to University Medical Center in Tucson where she contracted pneumonia, got a staph infection and her lung partially collapsed. Daisy spent five days in the hospital.
 
“She's alive and that's what matters,” Moors said. “We were literally at our lowest point when she smiled at us and it was just like, ‘Thank you, Jesus, that she's smiling at us.’”

Doctors at Phoenix Children's Hospital say they see 50 to 100 scorpion stings a year ranging from mild to severe. They are also participating in an antivenom study.
 
“This antivenom works very very well,” said Dr. David Bank of Phoenix Children’s Hospital. “A child who gets antivenom usually responds within a couple hours and goes home in four to six hours.”
 
While adults can articulate their pain, babies and toddlers cannot. Doctors say if you believe your child has been stung you should call poison control.
 
“I still believe parents know best,” Bank said. “If you are concerned about your child being stung by a scorpion, bring them to the emergency department.”
 
Ben Holland, president of Scorpion Sweepers, said we have to be careful living in scorpion territory. He said his clients are primarily homeowners concerned about their scorpions attacking.

Holland will go out at night and scan clients' backyards and extract the scorpions using his ultraviolet light.
 
“I found 200 at one Scottsdale home over the course of a month,” Holland said.
 
Moors is now reluctant to put her daughter down on the ground and why her family said they won’t be camping next month as they had planned.

To learn more about the Moors Family and follow Daisy’s recovery, you can visit their blog at Alongthelittleway.wordpress.com.