Animal bites: First aid

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Animal bites are not uncommon. Learn how to properly care for your child if they have been bitten or scratched.

Key points

  • In most cases, children are bitten by common pets like dogs or cats.
  • Bites are most dangerous when they come from an animal that may have rabies.
  • Infection is the most common complication of bite injuries. It is important to keep an eye on your child’s wound. If fever, redness or swelling occur, seek medical attention right away.
Last updated: June 10th 2015