Dog bites common among young children

On Behalf of | Dec 8, 2020 | Personal Injury

Many people in Texas believe that their furry family member would never harm anyone; however, this is not always the case. An estimated four million people in the United States are bitten by a dog every year. Experts say that almost half of all dog bites occur in children under the age of 14. The majority of the attacks in children are in boys who are between the ages of five to nine.

Dog bite statistics

Every single day in the United States an estimated 2,400 dog attacks on humans are reported. This number equates to almost 100 attacks every hour. While some bites from dogs aren’t severe and don’t require medical assistance many are serious enough to need help. Of those who are attacked, 12% of adults and 26% of children end up in the emergency room for bite treatment. This treatment often includes antibiotics to prevent infection and stitches to close up lacerations.

Why dogs bite

Even the most well-trained and calm dog may bite when provoked. Dogs could bite when they are sick, are startled or to protect something valuable to them. Children are playful, loud and often behave erratically; this is why experts believe that children are more likely to be bit than adults.

Getting help after a bite

Dog bites and animal attacks can be frightening and dangerous. If you or your child was attacked by a dog, medical care and follow up treatments could be necessary. Many experts also recommend having your child talk with a psychologist afterward as a dog attack can be extremely traumatic. If a dog’s owner didn’t have their dog on a leash or locked up in a yard when the attack occurred, they may have behaved negligently and could be responsible for paying for your or your child’s medical needs.