In cases, where dogs feel intimidated and it may respond by lashing out with their teeth. In the worst case scenario, it may also bite your child.While the memories of your child suffering bites from a dog will fade with time, the emotional damage and fear could last a lifetime.
Want to know what to do with a dog that bites a child? Read this post about dog bites in children to know about the first aid, treatment, prevention and risks that are associated with rabies!
First Aid For Dog Bites:
You must be aware of the first aids that are necessary when a dog bites. Here is what you should do:
- Control bleeding, if there is any.
- Use a clean cloth or towel and apply slight pressure on the wound.
- If your child is bleeding profusely, keep the area elevated.
- Make sure to clean the area with water and soap and keep the affected area under water to allow bacteria to rinse away.
- Cover the area gently and apply antibiotic ointment under a fresh bandage.
- If you know the owner of the dog, ask him if the Rover’s shots have been given or not.
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Treating Dog Bites In Children:
It is very important to ask for medical help from those who are skilled in treating injuries of these types. You might be advised to start antibiotic doses in some cases.
You should particularly see a doctor in case of the following:
- When you see disruption on your child’s skin.
- If you see a puncture in the skin, you must immediately seek medical attention to prevent bacteria from spreading into other parts of your child’s body. Bacteria in the long run can result in infections.
An outpatient doctor often fails to treat effectively and you may have to hospitalize your child in some cases. The main reasons behind hospitalization include:
- Chills or fever
- Advancement of cellulitis.
- Rapid spread of cellulitis that involves nerve, joints, bones and tendons.
- You may have to consult a plastic surgeon in case of highly visible wounds.
- Consultation with a doctor immediately helps reducing the worst effects of infection and damage of tissues.
- If doctors find it appropriate, they may inject tetanus globulin.
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Assessing Risks Associated With Rabies:
If your child is infested with rabies virus, it must be addressed immediately. Here is what you should know:
- The rabid animal set loose can cause serious trouble in public.
- You must document conditions surrounding the attack.
- If your child gets a bite from a non-provoked dog, the risks of rabies infection are higher than those bitten by a provoked dog.
- If you know the owner of the dog and feel he is reliable, ask if vaccination for rabies is a current one.
- You can observe the dog in the owner’s home.
- If the dog’s vaccine status is unknown, a veterinarian doctor can keep the dog under observation.
- Your child must receive immunizations, in case the dog cannot be quarantined for ten days.
- The immunization must begin within 2 days.
- You can discontinue it, if you find the dog to be free from rabies virus.
[ Read: Rabies In Children ]
How To Prevent Dog Bites In Children?
Well, dogs can be your child’s best friend and play an important role in life. Here are the guidelines you can follow to preventing dog bites in children:
- Firstly, you need to gather valuable information from pet care professionals and the vet doctors.
- According to estimates, it has been found that the majority of the victims of dog bites are children below 14 years of age. Children must be educated about dog bites.
- If you are considering a dog for your home, look for the ones who are under four months. It might be difficult to predict behavior of the older dogs and thus you should look for the young ones for your home.
- It is highly essential that you gather breed information before bringing a new dog home.
- While despite training, some breeds tend to attack, others can be trained easily as “family dogs”.
Hope you have understood by now how to prevent a dog bite in children. Help your child control her emotions after being attacked. While dogs can be great companions, living in constant fear of being bitten can turn out to be traumatic and make it difficult for your child to bond with these four legged furry friends again.
Do share your experiences and the rapport between your pet and child.
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