Dog bites of the face, head and neck in children

W V Med J. 2011 Nov-Dec;107(6):24-7.

Abstract

Dog bites of the facial region are increasing in children according to the Center for Disease Control. To evaluate the epidemiology of such injuries in our medical provider region, we undertook a retrospective review of those children treated for facial, head and neck dog bite wounds at a level 1 trauma center. Most dog bites occurred in or near the home by an animal known to the child/family. Most injuries were soft tissue related, however more severe bites and injuries were observed in attacks from the pit-bull and Rottweiler breeds. Younger (under five years) children sustained more of the injuries requiring medical treatment. Injury Severity Scales were determined as well as victim and payer mix demographics, type and characteristics of injury, and complications from the attack.

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Age Factors
  • Animals
  • Bites and Stings / epidemiology*
  • Child
  • Child, Preschool
  • Dogs*
  • Face
  • Female
  • Head*
  • Humans
  • Infant
  • Infant, Newborn
  • Male
  • Neck*
  • Retrospective Studies
  • Sex Factors
  • West Virginia / epidemiology