cat bites in children, what to do?

Justyne - posted on 05/04/2011 ( 6 moms have responded )

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hi all, my 5 year old daughter was just bit by a stray cat, i have cleaned to bite and disinfected it, my question do you think needs medical treatment ie: anti-biotics or tetnus just worried as she is so young

thanks in advance

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Jennifer - posted on 04/30/2013

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Hey, my 3 year old just got bit by our house cat, I already cleaned it. So do I need to take him to the doctor?

Brandy - posted on 05/08/2011

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Doctor STAT! Cat teeth are small and sharp and thanks to the bacteria are the perfect formula for abscesses and cellulitis (a very serious skin infection)
A few years ago I had be hospitalized after a cat bite.. and I have 500MG of antibiotics on board within seconds of the bite.

This is not something to mess around with, this needs to be monitored by the doctor closely.

Teresa - posted on 05/06/2011

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in the hospital i work at we always treat cat scratches (deep ones) and bites with antibiotics. Even if you know the cat. We have seen many people return with infections some very serious needing surgery all from a cat scratch! They are dirty and you should get her in to the doctor as soon as you can.

Danielle - posted on 05/06/2011

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Clean the area thoroughly and keep it clean! Watch the area like a hawk, and also your daughter, watch for signs of fever or lethargia. Best advice is to have a doctor check it, specially if it is swollen and red in the area. You can put a very thin lining of neosporin on the area, but very thin. Cats carry many diseases and bacterias. Be very cautious of the situation, yes rabies can be transmitted but it is not that common from a stray cat. You can call your local Animal Services and ask they put traps out to pick up the cat or cats.

Jennifer - posted on 05/06/2011

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I have to agree with Jane on this one... it's important to take your child to the doctor. And you never know if that cat had Rabies... Hydrogen peroxide does nothing but clean the area.

Jane - posted on 05/04/2011

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If you choose to do as Allison says, watch it like a hawk. Cats carry bacteria in their mouths that can result in a nasty infection. I, too, have worked with cats for many years, and I have had more than one bite that got infected. Also, since this was a stray cat there is a possibility of rabies.

Personally, I would take her to the doctor.

Allison - posted on 05/04/2011

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Hydrogen peroxide and keep it open, no neosporin ointment. I have been bitten by cats, worked at a vets for many years. The bite may REALLY swell.

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