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Simple Steps Can Shield Children From Dog Bites
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FRIDAY, July 6 (HealthDay News) -- More than half of the 4.7 million people bitten by dogs in the United States annually are children under the age of 14.
Among children, the rate of dog-bite related injuries is highest among those aged 5 to 9, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
To help protect kids, the American Academy of Pediatrics offers safety tips for dog owners and parents.
Children who have been bitten by a dog should have their wound cleaned with soap and water. Larger wounds need immediate medical attention. If possible, contact the dog's veterinarian to check its vaccination records.
-- Mary Elizabeth Dallas
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SOURCE: The American Academy of Pediatrics, news release, June 26, 2012
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