The biggest danger from a human bite is that it might get infected. Usually the wound will not be stitched. Taking good care of your child's wound at home will help it heal and reduce the chance of infection. The doctor may give your child antibiotics to prevent infection and a tetanus shot if your child has not had one in the last 5 years.
Your child's wound may heal in less than a week, or it may take longer, depending on how bad it is. The larger it is, the longer it will take to heal.
The doctor has checked your child carefully, but problems can develop later. If you notice any problems or new symptoms, get medical treatment right away.
Follow-up care is a key part of your child's treatment and safety. Be sure to make and go to all appointments, and call your doctor or nurse call line if your child is having problems. It's also a good idea to know your child's test results and keep a list of the medicines your child takes.
Call your doctor or nurse call line now or seek immediate medical care if:
Watch closely for changes in your child's health, and be sure to contact your doctor or nurse call line if your child is not getting better as expected.
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Current as of:
May 27, 2016
Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine
& Martin J. Gabica, MD - Family Medicine
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