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Question: infant biten by family dog


 hopee - Tue Feb 15, 2005 4:36 pm

My 14 month old was biten by our family dog last night. he has a puncture wound on his forehead. and a small scrach on the side of head should i take him to the hospital? :?
 Theresa Jones, RN - Wed Feb 16, 2005 7:12 am

User avatar Hi hopee,
If your dog is up to date on vaccinations, and the puncture wound is superficial (not deep) cleanse the area and apply a small amount of antibiotic ointment to the site at least a couple of times a day. If you notice any signs or symptoms of infection, redness, swelling etc. have your child evaluated. As for the dog, I will not voice my response.
I hope this was helpful.
Sincerely,
Rntdj

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