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Doctor insights on: Spiders For Kids

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What should you do if a child gets bit by a banana spider?

What should you do if a child gets bit by a banana spider?

Emergency medical tx: Seek medical attention asap for banana spider bites. Although most bites do not lead to envenomation it can be quite serious. A bite could require antivenom, tetanus shot and wound care. Some banana spider bites have led to death. ...Read more

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If a child were to accidentally eat a poisonous spider would the child get sick from the venom?

If a child were to accidentally eat a poisonous spider would the child get sick from the venom?

Probably NOT: Kids can accidentally swallow tiny spiders while playing outdoors. The amount of venom in a tiny bug should not be a problem if swallowed and digested, or if rolled around in the mouth and spit out. A big poisonous spider biting a kid inside his mouth would be bad. If a kid chomped on a spider, it's possible that venom could be absorbed in the mouth; but in the stomach, acid should disable venom. ...Read more

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What does a spider bite look like on a child?

What does a spider bite look like on a child?

Varied: Spider bites can be quite varied in their appearance from anything a innocuous as a small red bump to a large bruised appearing lesion with necrotic (dead) tissue in the middle that oozes profusely. Certain areas of the country have particular spiders with characteristic bite appearances (brown recluse spider in northwest can give 2nd example mentioned above). See doc if concerned. ...Read more

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What are the different types of symptoms kids will get from a spider bite?

What are the different types of symptoms kids will get from a spider bite?

Insect bites: Most insect bites produce only minor irritation, with symptoms such as: swelling at the site of the bite. Itching or burning. Local numbness or tingling. Bites of poisonous spiders and scorpions may produce these symptoms: intense pain at the site of the wound. Stiffness or joint pain.Muscle spasms. Abdominal pain, nausea, or vomiting. Fever or chills.Difficulty breathing or swallowing. ...Read more

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How long does a severe phobia of spiders last if it started when you were a child?

How long does a severe phobia of spiders last if it started when you were a child?

SPIDER PHOBIA: It depends.Sometimes you will mature early and know that not all the spiders are harmful. Only the black widow spider is dangerous. Sometimes you overgrow the phobia since childhood. ...Read more

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Spider angiomas problem worsened when I had my kids?

Spider angiomas problem worsened when I had my kids?

Not uncommon: It is thought that one of the things that increases the development of spider angiomas is hormones, especially estrogen. The levels of many hormones sky rocket with pregnancy and a number of women see a marked increase in the occurrence of spider angiomas. There are several ways to treat them and many doctors do that. ...Read more

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What are the consequences of brown recluse spider bite in a child?

What are the consequences of brown recluse spider bite in a child?

Tissue death: Brown recluse venom causes the tissue it touches to die, resulting first in the classic "red, white, and blue" sore, and then a painful ulceration of the skin. This can be very serious. See a doctor right away. ...Read more

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My 7 yrs old son developed some fears (aliens, spiders and big bugs). He's never had any fear and is otherwise a happy kid. Are sudden fears a concern?

My 7 yrs old son developed some fears (aliens, spiders and big bugs). He's never had any fear and is otherwise a happy kid. Are sudden fears a concern?

Fears: Sudden fears can certainly occur in this age group as their imagination explodes. I would try to investigate where these fears stemmed from (classmate, television, school lessons, etc). That will give some insight. However, if these fears are debilitating and affecting daily life, it's time to get a child psychologist involved, even if only for a few sessions (it's very helpful). ...Read more

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How can I help my child get rid of his severe phobia of spiders?

How can I help my child get rid of his severe phobia of spiders?

Therapist: When you talk to your child ask him what makes him afraid of them, what is his worst fear with spiders and is it realistic. Has he had a scary experience? Please do not minimize his feelings, after all there are many of us who donĀ“t specially like the criders. Use all the tools available to you, including a therapist. Be supportive and patient. Young children often have fears. ...Read more

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I think my child may have black widow spider bite. What would that mean?

I think my child may have black widow spider bite. What would that mean?

Get help: Black widow is very very painful and possibly dangerous, so your child needs immediate attention from a doctor. ...Read more