The reason that young children are more susceptible to these injuries may be their age. Children might not interpret certain signs that mean a dog is happy or angry that an adult may understand more easily. Children tend to be rougher with animals also, such as picking them up or accidently stepping on their tails or paws.

As a parent, take precautions to help avoid a dog bite incident from happening to your children. Educate your children on how to act around dogs, play with dogs and when to leave them alone. Children should also know not to pet an unfamiliar dog. Explain to them that they should never treat dogs badly such as hitting or kicking a dog. They should also understand to be gentle with a dog, talk quietly and avoid grabbing the dog to tightly or picking them up. Tell children not to bother dogs when they are eating or seem preoccupied by another activity. As a parent, always supervise your child when in the presence of an unfamiliar dog.

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Teach your child that if a loose dog does approach them, they should stand as still as possible, keep their hands at their sides and avoid eye contact with the dog. If they happen to be on the ground when a dog approaches them, they should curl up in a ball and keep their hand over their ears. Also, they should try and stay quiet, calm and never make any sudden movements.

If you or your child have sustained injuries from a dog bite, you should contact a personal injury attorney to see what compensation may be available to you.

Source: American Humane Society

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