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The 537 attacks in the study occurred between 2003 and 2008. More than half the time, the attacks were provoked by children who petted too aggressively or startled or stepped on the dogs.
prior to publication in a medical journal.
"We have seen facial fractures around the eye, eyelids torn off, injury to the tear drainage system and the eyeball itself," he says in a news release.
The CDC says about 4.5 million people are bitten by dogs every year, and 885,000 of those require medical attention with a price tag of up to $250 million.
and never allow their young children to be left unsupervised around any dog."
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The study also found that 68% of bites occurred in children age 5 and younger, with the highest incidence in 3 year olds at 15.8%.
Severity of Dog BitesDogs when attacking commonly bite in the area of a child's face and eyes, says Vikram Durairaj, MD, of the University of Colorado School of Medicine and one of the study researchers.
Parents Need to Be Aware of Dog Bite RisksHe emphasizes that parents and other adults should realize that familiarity with a dog does not mean it won't bite and that if a dog bites once, it is likely to bite again with the second attack possibly being more vicious than the first. He says a dog should be removed from the household the first time it bites, and not given a second chance.
The study was presented during the American Academy of Otolaryngology Head and Neck Surgery Foundation's annual meeting in Boston in September.
He Nike Air Huarache White On Feet says the likelihood of a child getting bitten by a dog in their lifetime is about 50%, and that 80% of those are to the head and neck.
Nov. 11, 2010 Pet dogs pose a major health risk for children, especially kids who aren't being supervised as they touch or play with the dogs, a new study shows.
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In almost 90% of dog bite cases examined, the dog was known to the child. Mixed breed dogs were responsible for 23% of attacks studied, followed by 13.7% by Labrador retrievers. Rottweilers were the attackers in 4.9% of cases, German shepherds 4.4%, and golden retrievers 3%. The study was done in the Denver area, where pit bulls are banned.52% of children attacked were boys.
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Researchers at the University of Colorado School of Medicine studied 537 children treated for facial bites by dogs and turned up some findings they considered surprising:
Durairaj says some of the injuries studied were so severe that they required multiple reconstructive surgeries. He says dog bites are especially dangerous for children because they have smaller faces, often within each reach of the animal's mouth.
he says. "A girl had a puncture wound to her lip. Two days later, I saw the same girl, but this time her eyelids were torn off and she had severe scalp and ear lacerations."
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Adolescents were more likely than younger children to be bitten by an unknown dog.22.5% of bite victims required in patient treatment."What is clear from our data is that virtually any breed of dog can bite," Durairaj says. "The tendency of a dog to bite is related to heredity, early experience, later socialization and training, health and victim behavior."
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