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There are many ways you can help children and their families get the care they need.
Treatment for poisonous snake bites
Remain calm and reassure your child that you can help. Your child's physician will determine specific treatment for a snake bite.
Initial treatment includes:
While waiting for emergency assistance:
If you are unable to reach medical care quickly
If you cannot reach medical care within 30 minutes, the American Red Cross recommends:
Applying a bandage, wrapped two to four inches above your child's bite, to help slow the venom. This should not cut off the flow of blood from a vein or artery - the band should be loose enough to slip a finger under it.
noting the time of the bite so that it can be reported to an emergency room physician if needed.
if possible, trying to remember to draw a circle around the affected area and mark the time of the bite and the initial reaction. If you are able, redraw the circle around the site of injury marking the progression of time.
if possible, noting what the snake looks like, its size, and the type of snake, in order to inform the emergency room staff.
not applying a tourniquet.
Hospital treatment may include the use of antivenin (an antidote to snake venom). Treatment may also include lab work, pain or sedation medications, tetanus booster, antibiotics and supportive care.
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