January 15, 2004
If a Playmate Bites Your Child
Watch for swelling and redness
(HealthDayNews) -- If your child is bitten by a playmate, the Canadian Pediatric Association suggests the following tips:
If the skin is not broken:
- Clean the wound with soap and water.
- Apply a cold compress.
If the skin is broken:
- Clean the wound carefully with soap and water.
- Apply a mild antiseptic.
- Make sure your child's tetanus shot is up to date.
- Watch the wound over the next few days. If it gets red or begins to swell, call your doctor.