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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.
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