Animal Bites in children

Contributed by : Ravina Sewani   
Animal Bites in children

Treatment for animal bites depends on the type of animal that has bitten your child.

Treatment for animal bites depends on the type of animal that has bitten your child. Your child's healthcare provider will determine specific treatment for an animal bite. Treatment may include the below:

For bites from a household pet that is immunised and in good health:

  • Wash the wound with soap and water from a tap for at least 5 minutes. Don’t scrub the wound as this may bruise the tissue. Apply an antiseptic lotion or cream.
  • Watch for signs of infection. These signs include fever, increased redness or pain, swelling, or fluid leaking, or red streaks from the bite. Call your child's healthcare provider right away if you notice any of these.

For deeper bites from any animal, or for any bite from an unknown animal:

  • If the bite or scratch is bleeding, apply pressure to it with a clean bandage or towel to stop the bleeding.
  • Wash the wound with soap and water from a tap for at least 5 minutes. Don’t scrub the wound as this may bruise the tissue.
  • Dry the wound, apply antibiotic ointment, and cover it with a sterile dressing. Don’t use tape to close the wound as it can trap harmful bacteria in the wound.
  • Call your child's healthcare provider to decide if more treatment is needed. This may include antibiotics, a tetanus booster, rabies vaccine, or repair of the wound with stitches.

Get medical care if:

  • the wound is on the face, neck, hand, foot, or near a joint
  • the wound won't stop bleeding after 10 minutes of applying pressure
  • the wound appears to be deep, large, or severe
  • the attacking animal was stray or wild or behaving strangely
  • if there is a broken bone, nerve damage, or serious injury.
  • If your child has diabetes or a condition that weakens his/her immune system. 
  • your child’s last tetanus vaccine was more than 5 years ago.
  • the bite or scratch has pus coming out from it, or becomes red, hot, swollen, or increasingly painful

Keep in mind:

  • If the animal was unknown, try finding the animal if possible. This is necessary to capture the animal and watch it rabies. Contact the nearest animal control office in your area to capture the animal. If the animal cannot be found or is a high-risk species (raccoon, skunk, or bat), your child may need a series of rabies shots.
  • Call your child's healthcare provider for any flu-like symptoms after an animal bite. These symptoms may include fever, headache, ill feeling, loss of appetite, or swollen glands.
  • ‘Cat scratch disease’ is a bacterial infection that develops from a cat scratch (usually from a kitten) even if the scratch site doesn't look infected. So it is crucial to report to your child’s healthcare provider if a cat has bitten your child.


  • Teach your children to stay away from stray animals, and not to tease or provoke any animals, even if it’s family pets.
  • Make sure your pet is properly immunised and licensed.
  • Never leave your child alone with a pet.
  • Stay away from animals that are sick.
  • Keep your pets on a leash when in public.
  • Do not disturb animals when they are eating or sleeping.

In case of a Snake bite: Other than basic procedures carried out during animal bite treatment, snake bites specifically require treatment with antivenom.

Prevention of snake bites:

  • Avoid tall grassy areas.
  • Wear protective shoes/boots.
  • Keep storage areas clear of rodents.
  • Remove rubbish and woodpiles from around the home.

Bee Suggestions

Nosebleed in children

When your child suddenly has blood running down from their nose, it can be startling. While nosebleeds in children seem dramatic, they’re not usually serious.

Emergency situation with children: Falling down

Kids are curious individuals. No matter how much cautious you are, they are bound to fall and get an injury some or the other day. Maintain your cool and do the best that you can to comfort your child.

Nose related issues in kids

The nose is an essential part of our body. When there is a problem with your nose, your whole body can suffer.

Swallowing abnormal things

Kids tend to swallow many items including toys, buttons, coins, earrings, rings, paper clips, game pieces, needles, pins, tacks, toothpicks, screws, button batteries, magnets, and nails.

Emergency situation with children: Drowning

Chances of drowning can be kept at the minimum by being completely prepared at all times.

Emergency situation with children: Natural disaster

Natural disasters affect one and all. It is advisable to be best prepared.

Burns and Scalds

Children have a more delicate skin than adults so burns and scalds affect them severely.

Eye injury in children

Most eye injuries are minor, like getting soap in the eye or a speck of dirt under the eyelid.

Oral injury in children

Oral trauma refers to injuries to the mouth and/or teeth.

Fracture in children

Children break their bones either by falling or while playing a sport.

Dealing with ant bite in children

An ant bite usually goes unnoticed until some symptoms arise.

Emergency situation with children: Electric shock

Proper measures post the shock without panicking will be helpful. Stay calm and help your child in the best way you can.

Bruises in children

When a part of the body is injured and blood from the damaged capillaries, with no place to go, gets trapped under the skin, forming a red or purplish mark called as a bruise.

Insect flying into child's ear

Apart from insects or flies, babies and young children are known to put small objects in their ears like candy and beans.

Cuts and Scrapes in children

Most small cuts aren't a danger to children. But larger cuts often need immediate medical treatment.

About Bee
Bee is a Parenting companion Made for Convenient, Personalised & Authentic replies to all your parenting concerns. May it be Parenting Advice, Kids Health Concerns, Parenting Concerns, Kids Stories, Kids General Knowledge Questions & Facts, Kids Riddles, Kids Movies, Kids Toys, Kids Activities, Kids Worksheets, Kids Songs, Parenting quotes, Kids Tongue twisters, Kids Truth challenges & Dare challenges, Kids Jokes, Parenting Books, Kids Fitness Exercise or anything else regarding Parenting, Bee has the answer.