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There are many ways you can help children and their families get the care they need.
When your child is bitten or scratched by an animal, remain calm and reassure your child that you can help. Specific treatment for an animal bite will be determined by your child's physician.
For superficial bites from a familiar household pet who is immunized and in good health:
For deeper bites or puncture wounds from any animal, or for any bite from a strange animal:
Call your child's physician or healthcare provider for any flu-like signs such as fever, headache, malaise, decreased appetite, or swollen glands following an animal bite.
Human bites can easily become infected due to the number of bacteria in the human mouth. In fact, human bite wounds are more likely to become infected than dog or cat bites. A physician should check any human bite that breaks your child's skin.
Treatment for human bites
Remain calm and reassure your child that you can help. Specific treatment for a human bite will be determined by your child's physician.
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