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Treatment for Human Bites

Human bites can easily become infected due to the number of bacteria in the human mouth. In fact, human bite wounds are more likely to become infected than dog or cat bites. A healthcare provider should check any human bite that breaks the skin.

What is the treatment for human bites?

Remain calm and reassure your child that you can help. Specific treatment for a human bite will be discussed with you by your child's healthcare provider. Treatment may include:

  • If the bite is bleeding, apply pressure to it with a clean bandage or towel to stop the bleeding.

  • Wash the wound with soap and water under pressure from a faucet for at least 5 minutes, but do not scrub, as this may bruise the tissue.

  • Dry the wound and cover it with a sterile dressing. Do not use tape or butterfly bandages to close the wound, as this could trap harmful bacteria in the wound.

  • Many times, human bites are treated with antibiotics to prevent infection. Call your child's healthcare provider to find out if additional treatment or a tetanus booster is needed.

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