24-Hour Crisis Hotline: (877)SAFEGBC or (877)723-3422 Mental Health & Substance Abuse Issues

6502 Nursery Drive, Suite 100
Victoria, TX 77904
(361)575-0611
(800)421-8825
Fax: (361)578-5500

Child & Adolescent Development: Overview
Resources
Basic InformationMore InformationLatest News
These Sports Are Most Likely to Send Young Americans to the ERNature Nurtures KidsClimate Change Will Hurt Kids Most, Report WarnsTough Childhoods Can Leave a Lifetime of Harm, Experts SayMany U.S. Parents Can't Find a Psychiatrist to Help Their ChildAnti-Vaxxers Find Ways Around States' 'Personal Exemption' BansMake a Plan for Gardening Next Spring With Your KidsCheck Those Halloween Treats So They're Safe to EatFast-Food Outlet in Neighborhood Could Mean Heavier Kids: StudyAntihistamines Linked to Delayed Care for Severe Allergic Reaction: StudyPain Twice as Common for Kids With Autism: StudyPediatricians' Group Calls for More Research on Artificial SweetenersExperts Support Weight-Loss Surgery for Very Obese KidsHalloween Can Be Frightful for Kids With Allergies, AsthmaLawn Mowers May Be Even More Dangerous for Rural KidsHow Young Is Too Young to Leave Kids Home Alone?Skiing, Snowboarding Injuries Most Severe Among Younger KidsKids' Trampoline Injuries Take Another Bounce UpwardsCan More Exercise Improve Thinking Skills in Cancer Survivors?Secondhand Smoke May Harm Kids' EyesScientists Spot Signs of Virus Behind Disease Paralyzing KidsHow to Keep Halloween Fun and SafeFor Kids With Genetic Condition, Statins May Be LifesaversNone of Top-Selling Kids' Drinks Meet Experts' Health RecommendationsChildhood Risk Factors Can Predict Adult ObesityA Parent's Guide to Managing Kids' Asthma During the FallFarm-to-Table Movement Goes to SchoolAHA News: High Triglycerides Caused a Diet Change – at Age 10Kids + Gadgets = Less Sleep and More Risk for Unwanted WeightCause of Paralyzing Illness in Kids Remains ElusiveHealth Tip: Preventing Backpack InjuriesFor Kids With Asthma, Depression Makes ER Visit More LikelyFor Poor Kids, Less Time Spent on Reading, Exercise: StudyTrain Tracks Deadly for Kids, But Many Parents Underestimate the DangerAll That Screen Time Won't Hurt Your Kid's Grades - MaybeDoes Parents' Smoking Raise Future Heart Risks for Kids?Anemia During Pregnancy Tied to Higher Odds for Autism, ADHD in KidsParents, Throw the Garden at Your Picky EaterA Good Night's Sleep Is Key to School SuccessHealth Tip: Helping Children Adjust to a MoveKids Often Prescribed Drugs 'Off-Label,' Raising ConcernsExperts' Guide to Trampoline SafetyDon't Let Kids Wander Alone in Parking LotsMost U.S. Parents Say Vaccination Should Be Requirement for School: PollIf a Child's Schoolwork Slips, Don't Rule Out Hearing LossNurturing Childhood Boosts Odds of a Happy Adult Life: StudyKids in Poor Neighborhoods Face Higher Odds for Obesity as AdultsA Prescription for Medicating Your Child SafelyIs a Charter School the Right Choice for Your Child?Health Tip: Mental Illness Warning Signs
Questions and AnswersLinks
Related Topics

ADHD: Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder
Childhood Mental Disorders and Illnesses
Child Development & Parenting: Infants (0-2)
Child Development & Parenting: Early (3-7)

Which Dogs Are More Likely to Bite Your Kids?

HealthDay News
by -- Robert Preidt
Updated: Jun 6th 2019

new article illustration

THURSDAY, June 6, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- No parent wants their child to suffer a dog bite, and new research offers some guidance on which dogs are the riskiest around young kids.

The body size and head shape of dogs affect the bite and injury risk they pose, the researchers found.

For the study, the investigators examined 15 years of visits for facial dog bites at two emergency departments, and more than 45 years of data from different dog bite studies.

"Because we often didn't know what type of dog was involved in these incidents, we looked at things like weight and head shape," explained study author Dr. Garth Essig, an otolaryngologist at Ohio State's Wexner Medical Center, in Columbus.

"We wanted to provide families with data to help them determine the risk to their children and inform them on which types of dogs do well in households with kids," Essig explained in a medical center news release.

Certain dog breeds are known to be more likely to bite and to cause more serious injuries, but the breed was unknown in about 60% of dog bite cases analyzed by the researchers.

Bite injuries from pit bulls were the most frequent and most severe, followed by mixed-breed dogs and German shepherds, the findings showed.

The researchers also identified the physical traits of dogs that pose a higher bite and injury risk.

For example, dogs weighing more than 66 pounds and those with more of a square-shaped head -- such as a chow chow or pug -- were more likely to bite and cause serious injury.

Each year in the United States, nearly 5 million people suffer dog bites, and children have a much higher risk than adults.

Children should be taught how to safely interact with dogs, the study authors said.

Meghan Herron is an associate professor of clinical services at Ohio State's College of Veterinary Medicine. She explained that "people often think that leaning forward and reaching out their hand for the dog to smell is the right thing to do, but in reality that can actually be threatening to the dog."

Herron suggested that, "instead, ask the dog owner for permission to pet their dog, then turn to the side, crouch down on your knees, pat your leg and let the dog come to you."

The study findings were published recently in the International Journal of Pediatric Otorhinolaryngology.

More information

The American Veterinary Medical Association has more on preventing dog bites.