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Health Tip: Dealing With a Dog Bite

(HealthDay News) -- Dog bites happen, even if parents are careful. Knowing the steps to take quickly can help keep your child safe.

Here's advice from the American Academy of Pediatrics:

  • Ask the dog's owners for their contact information, proof of rabies vaccination and contact information for the dog's veterinarian.

  • As soon as possible, use soap and water to wash the wound.

  • Call your child's pediatrician to ask if the bite needs treatment. The doctor may notify police of the bite. Carry out your pediatrician's wound care instructions.

  • If your child has a severe bite, call 9-1-1 or go to the emergency room.

  • If possible, be aware of the last time your child had a tetanus shot, the dog's vaccination history and any history about whether the dog has bitten before.

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