Conditions + Treatments

Spider Bites in Children

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Facts about spider bites

It is estimated that less than three deaths per year occur from spider bites. However, most victims are children. Most of the 20,000 species of spiders found in the United States are poisonous, but their fangs are too short or too fragile to break through human skin. The bites of most spiders cause only minor, local reactions.

How Boston Children's Hospital approaches spider bites

The Regional Center for Poison Control and Prevention, based at Children's, provides 24-hour treatment and advice to health care professionals and the public on all types of poisoning, including spider bites. The center provides emergency care, follow-up services, seminars on toxicology and poisoning prevention and more. 

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