Remain calm and reassure your child
that you can help. Your child's healthcare provider will talk with you about specific
treatment for a human bite. Treatment may include:
If the bite is bleeding,
apply pressure to it with a clean bandage, cloth, or towel to stop the
Wash the wound with soap and
water under pressure from a faucet for at least 5 minutes. Don't scrub, as this
may bruise the tissue.
Dry the wound and cover it
with a sterile dressing. Don't use tape or butterfly bandages to close the wound.
This could trap harmful bacteria in the wound.
Human bites are often treated
with antibiotics to prevent infection. Call your child's healthcare provider to
find out if they need additional treatment or a tetanus booster.
If either the biter or the person who was bitten has a chronic
illness such as HIV or hepatitis B or C virus, both people may need to be tested to
what treatment is needed.