Dog bites in children: steps to avoid the threat

Visiting with family and friends is one of the best parts of the holiday season, but families need to take care when kids and pets are added to the mix.

The commotion, strange faces and altered schedules can make pets anxious or scared. Even the most docile pet may become standoffish or even aggressive. The holidays become a common time for dog bites in children.

So far this year, Dayton Children’s Hospital treated more than 230 kids in the emergency department for bites from dogs. Statistically, kids who are 5 to 9 years old have the highest rate of dog bites, but all ages are at risk.

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