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What should I do if my child has a biting injury?

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The first thing to do for any biting injury is to wash the area with soap and water. Even little teeth can break the skin. If the bite is bleeding and the wound appears to be deep, call your child's doctor. The bite may need medical treatment, which could include antibiotics or a tetanus shot, or both.

From: How to Stop Your Child From Biting WebMD Medical Reference

Reviewed by Amita Shroff on September 18, 2018

Medically Reviewed on 9/18/2018

SOURCES:

Iowa State University: "Biting."

American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons: "Human Bites."

Missouri Families.org: "What to Do About Biting?"

American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry: "Fighting and Biting."

University of New Hampshire Cooperative Extension: "When a Child Bites."

Reviewed by Amita Shroff on September 18, 2018

SOURCES:

Iowa State University: "Biting."

American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons: "Human Bites."

Missouri Families.org: "What to Do About Biting?"

American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry: "Fighting and Biting."

University of New Hampshire Cooperative Extension: "When a Child Bites."

Reviewed by Amita Shroff on September 18, 2018

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