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Biting Incidents

Biting incidents at a child care centre can be a very emotional experience for children, parents and the child care staff involved due to the small risk of transmitting blood borne diseases such as Human Immunodeficiency virus (AIDS), Hepatitis B and Hepatitis C and other skin infections.

The following are the recommended stops that should be taken after a biting incident occurs at your facility:

  1. Provide the appropriate first aid
    • Wash the bite thoroughly with soap and water. If the wound is bleeding, gloves should be work
    • Try to rinse the mouth of the biter with water
  2. Seek the appropriate medical attention if neccessary
  3. If the bite has broken the skin, with or without blood exposure, you can contact the Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit for further direction.
    • Clinical Services, Sexual Health program at 05-721-7520 ext 8376
    • Health Connection at 705-721-7520 ext. 8813

Please ensure you have the following information available prior to calling the health unit:

  • The names, addresses and phone numbers of the individuals involved in the incident
  • Contact information for the parent/guardian
  • Date of the incident
  • Location on the body where the bite took place
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