Human Bites in Children: A Six-Year Experience

M. Douglas Baker, Sally E. Moore

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Abstract

Three hundred twenty-two human bites in children, occurring during a six-year period, were reviewed. The majority occurred during warm-weather months between 2 pm and 11 pm. The upper extremities face and neck and trunk were most commonly bitten. At the time of injury, children were most often engaged in fights or play Seventy-five percent of wounds were superficial abrasions, 13% were punctures, and 11% were lacerations. None of the 242 abrasions became infected as opposed to 38% of the punctures and 37% of the lacerations. Other factors associated with increased risk of infection were delay in initial physician assessment beyond 18 hours after injury, location of the bite on the upper extremities, and occurrence of injury during sports activities. Prophylactic use of penicillin was probably not effective in reducing infection rates in these children; however, prospective data are needed to properly address this issue.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1285-1290
Number of pages6
JournalAmerican Journal of Diseases of Children
Volume141
Issue number12
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 1987

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health

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