Pediatric dog bite victims: a need for a continuum of care

Clin Pediatr (Phila). 2012 May;51(5):473-7. doi: 10.1177/0009922811435504. Epub 2012 Jan 31.


The authors assessed the ongoing needs of 34 pediatric dog bite victims and their families 1 month after receiving care in a pediatric emergency department. More than 70% of the parents noted at least 1 new concerning behavior in their children, and more than 85% of the parents also endorsed concerns about their own reactions. Half of the parents believed that children, in general, might benefit from interventions to help with postbite fears and nearly three quarters felt that families would benefit from education regarding dog bite prevention. The majority (85%) of the parents believed that additional supportive services could be offered effectively at emergency department or pediatric office/clinic visits. A template for a dog bite information card is presented.

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Animals
  • Attitude to Health
  • Bites and Stings / prevention & control
  • Bites and Stings / psychology
  • Bites and Stings / therapy*
  • Child
  • Child, Preschool
  • Continuity of Patient Care*
  • Dogs*
  • Female
  • Follow-Up Studies
  • Health Care Surveys
  • Health Education
  • Health Services Needs and Demand*
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Mental Health Services
  • Ohio
  • Parents / education
  • Parents / psychology
  • Surveys and Questionnaires