Treating Your Child's Dog Bite
Wed, 4/13/2011 1:42 PM
For many families, our pets are an essential part of everyday life. Walks in the parks, playing fetch and napping around the house are a daily occurrence for our beloved friends. Parents need to be informed and take certain precautions to ensure that the entire family unit is living happily - and most importantly, safely - all under the same roof.
Dr. Barry Gilmore, director of Emergency Services at Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital, shares some important information about what parents should know about dog bites.
What is the most common reason for a child to be bitten by a dog?
What are some injuries seen resulting from a dog bite?
Parents should clean the wound immediately with soap, warm water and hydrogen peroxide. Stopping the bleeding and assessing the severity of the wound needs to happen next. This will then determine whether or not a visit to the emergency department or pediatrician’s office is needed. Injuries to the face or hands and ones that are deep or have persistent bleeding need to be evaluated by a doctor. Parents need to ask the doctor if a tetanus shot should be administered after the child is bitten or scratched.
Where do dogs usually bite a child?
What can parents do for any pain or swelling?
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