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COMMON INJURY/POISON :: Human Bites

Treatment for Human Bites

Human bites can easily become infected due to the number of bacteria in the human mouth. In fact, human bite wounds are more likely to become infected than dog or cat bites. A physician should check any human bite that breaks the skin.

Treatment for human bites:

Remain calm and reassure your child that you can help. Specific treatment for a human bite will be determined by your child's physician. Treatment may include:

  • If the bite is bleeding, apply pressure to it with a clean bandage or towel to stop the bleeding.
  • Wash the wound with soap and water under pressure from a faucet for at least five minutes, but do not scrub, as this may bruise the tissue.
  • Dry the wound and cover it with a sterile dressing. Do not use tape or butterfly bandages to close the wound, as this could trap harmful bacteria in the wound.
  • Many times, human bites are treated with antibiotics to prevent infection. Call your child's physician to find out if additional treatment or a tetanus booster is needed.

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It is important to remember the health information found on this website is for reference only not intended to replace the advice and guidance of your healthcare provider. Always seek the advice of your physician with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition. If you think you may have a medical emergency, call your physician or 911 immediately.

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