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Red ring from a child bite, is it okay?

Red ring from a child bite, is it okay?

Child bite: The redness is ok, it will ultimately fade. The question is was any skin broken during the bite. This could be a potential opening for infection. If so, otc antibacterial creams (ie: bacitracin) applied three times per day are sufficient. But if this doesn't help, the wound should be examined by a doctor to determine if prescription antibiotic is required. ...Read more

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Child has single asymptomatic bite with black center?

Child has single asymptomatic bite with black center?

Watch it closely and: An itchy painful bug bite with a black center can be looked at by a primary care doctor or a dermatologist to see if it is infected and to decide on treatment. Sometimes, certain spider bites get a black center because the area of skin there is dead from the toxins. An "asymptomatic" bite can usually be treated with the typical otc creams, and oral Benadryl (diphenhydramine) or Claritin antihistamine. ...Read more

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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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Is it okay to bite my child to teach him that biting hurts?

Is it okay to bite my child to teach him that biting hurts?

Yes: I agree with dr webb in general but find some kids need a "hot" moment.Kids don't understand hot untill they have touched something hot & put the word & sensation together.Kids who bite don't necessarily understand pain is inflicted.An immediate one time bite from a parent often opens them to the concept of pain & bad choice. Do it within 30 sec or the kid won't understand & never break the skin. ...Read more

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What do brown recluse bites look like in first day or 2 on a small child?

Severe: These spiders inject a substance that dissolves tissue and quickly leads to infection and abscess formation. It may have systemic effects making the victim feel faint or groggy. It is a very severe effect and if you have been bitten, get medical advice. ...Read more

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My child has cat bites. What is the best way to explain it to the other kids?

My child has cat bites. What is the best way to explain it to the other kids?

Complicated: Real question is why did the cat bite her. Cats are generally docile animals and do not hurt people unless scared or provoked. Cat bites can also get infected and could be serious if untreated. If the kids are hurting the cat, that has to stop, if the cat is sick or scared and is attacking, that has to stop. The whole point of having pets is to enjoy the friendly relationship. ...Read more

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I have a first bite syndrome since I was a child. Is there any cure for it? What causes it?

I have a first bite syndrome since I was a child. Is there any cure for it? What causes it?

Very rare syndrome: First bite syndrome is usually the unintended side effect of certain head and neck surgeries. In patients with no history of surgery it can be caused by an undiagnosed tumor. You need to be evaluated by a Head And Neck Surgeon. Some studies has shown that injections of botulinum toxin type A into the trigger site can help relieve symptoms. ...Read more

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My child got bit by another kid at school, breaking the skin. What do I need to do about this, medically?

My child got bit by another kid at school, breaking the skin.  What do I need to do about this, medically?

Human bites...: ...Can be significant, depending on how deeply he was bit and how "dirty" the other kid's mouth was. First, if he hasn't had a tetanus shot in the last 5 years, he needs one. Then the wound needs to be cleaned thoroughly and watched carefully for development of infection. I'd recommend getting your doctor involved early, so he or she can act quickly if an infection develops. ...Read more

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What can I do with a 4 year old child who bites other children, pushes them and cries all the time over the smallest things? I really need help!

What can I do with a 4 year old child who bites other children, pushes them and cries all the time over the smallest things? I really need help!

Behavior therapist: This is normal for this age, but can get your child into a lot of trouble in school. I suggest going to a behavior therapist to work with the child on these aspects and behaviors. ...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