First Aid: Animal Bitesenparentshttps://kidshealth.org/EN/images/headers/P-FA-AnimalBites-enHD-1.jpgAnimal bites and scratches that break the skin can cause infection. Rarely, animal bites can cause rabies, a dangerous, life-threatening disease.animal, animal bite, animal bites, animal scratch, scratch, scratches, bite, bites, dog bite, dog bites, pet, pets, house pets, house pet, abrasion, abrasions, cut, cuts, rabies, puncture, punctures, punctured, punctured skin, bleeding, blood, bleed, dog, cat, puppy, kitten, bird, hamster, fish, guinea pig, snake, lizard, gerbil, bat, raccoon, skunk, fox, wild animal, wild animals, stray animal, stray animals, ferile animal, ferile, stop the bleeding, rabies shot, rabies vaccination, rabies shots, emergency, firstaid, first-aid, firstaid kit, first-aid kit, emergency sheet, animal control, spca, humane society, treating a bite, treating an animal bite, how to treat an animal bite01/06/200405/16/201809/02/2019Kate M. Cronan, MD05/10/2018f4578512-854e-410b-90b8-52926a8846eahttps://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/animal-bites-sheet.html/<p><a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/first-aid-guides.html/"><img class="right" title="Parents image" src="https://kidshealth.org/EN/images/buttons/P-firstaid-enBT.jpg" alt="First Aid" name="4990-P_FIRSTAID_ENBT.JPG" /></a></p> <p><a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/bites.html/">Animal bites and scratches</a> that break the skin can sometimes cause infection. Some bites need stitches while others heal on their own.</p> <p>Rarely, bites from wild animals can lead to <a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/rabies.html/">rabies</a>, a life-threatening infection. Bats, raccoons, skunks, and foxes cause most rabies cases.</p> <h3>What to Do</h3> <ul class="kh_longline_list"> <li>Wash the bite area with soap and water. If the bite is bleeding, put pressure on it using sterile gauze or a clean cloth.</li> <li>If the bleeding has stopped, put antibiotic ointment on the area.</li> <li>Cover the area with a bandage or sterile gauze.</li> <li>If your child has pain, give <a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/acetaminophen.html/">acetaminophen</a> or <a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/ibuprofen.html/">ibuprofen</a>.</li> </ul> <h3>Get Medical Care If:</h3> <ul> <li>The bite was from: <ul> <li>a wild or stray animal</li> <li>a pet that isn't up-to-date on rabies shots</li> <li>an animal that is acting strangely</li> </ul> </li> <li>The bite has broken the skin.</li> <li>The bite is on the face, head, neck, hand, foot, or near a joint.</li> <li>A bite or scratch becomes red, hot, swollen, or more painful.</li> <li>Your child is <a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/immunization-chart.html/">behind on shots</a> or has not had a <a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/dtap-vaccine.html/">tetanus shot</a> within 5 years.</li> </ul> <p>If your child needs treatment, have the following information on hand:</p> <ul> <li>the kind of animal that bit your child</li> <li>the date of the animal's last rabies vaccination, if known</li> <li>any recent unusual behavior by the animal</li> <li>the animal's location, if known</li> <li>if the animal was a stray or wild, or was captured by a local animal control service</li> <li><a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/vaccine.html/">your child's immunization</a> (shots) record</li> <li>a list of any medicines your child is allergic to</li> </ul> <h3>Think Prevention!</h3> <p>Many animal bites can be <a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/dog-bites.html/">prevented</a>. Always keep a close eye on young kids around animals, even <a class="kh_anchor">pets</a>. Teach kids not to tease pets, to handle them gently, and to stay away from wild or stray animals.</p>
Bites and ScratchesAnimal bites and scratches, even minor ones, can become infected and spread bacteria to other parts of the body, regardless of whether the animal is a family pet or a wild animal.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/bites.html/4e8ac3d1-8055-40c3-8a28-6e240da58db1
Cat Scratch DiseaseCat scratch disease is an infection that causes swelling of the lymph nodes after a cat scratch or bite. Learn about signs and symptoms, prevention, treatment, and more.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/cat-scratch.html/221b1239-1e24-4fe5-be04-8247c6d1d5b5
Cuts, Scratches, and ScrapesMost small cuts, scrapes, or abrasions heal on their own. Here are tips for teens on how to treat cuts at home - and when to get medical help.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/teens/cuts.html/8a67c334-f7b8-4aeb-ba0b-d40c0329c38a
Dealing With CutsFind out how to handle minor cuts at home - and when to get medical care for a more serious injury.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/bleeding.html/dd98d89c-e30e-4b99-8178-bb65cc8e9c3d
First Aid & Safety CenterBoo-boos, bug bites, and broken bones - oh my! Here's your one-stop shop for everything you need to know about how to keep kids safe.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/center/safety-center.html/8f5e951a-d268-485c-acb8-ffd18e45401f
First Aid: CutsMost cuts can be safely treated at home. But deeper cuts - or any wounds that won't stop bleeding - need emergency medical treatment.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/cuts-sheet.html/e612779f-fd61-449d-947f-c96066443829
Infections That Pets CarryKids can benefit from the companionship, affection, and relationships they share with pets. But it's important to know how to protect your family from infections carried by pets and other animals.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/pet-infections.html/61a65ff3-292c-442e-86ed-364290e0442f
Preventing Dog BitesTeaching kids a few basic dog manners will help them enjoy safe encounters with Fido.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/dog-bites.html/1edfbfac-40ff-48f2-bbcc-6572edfb3383
RabiesRabies is a serious infection of the nervous system that is caused by a virus. Rabies is usually transmitted by a bite from an infected animal.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/rabies.html/efa96dca-2962-4ba2-9b04-dd785646f81f
Staying Safe Around AnimalsDo you love animals? Lots of kids do. Find out how to stay safe around them in this article for kids.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/kids/animals.html/56a74c36-796e-42a5-ab07-e63a6e651280
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