It is sad to learn that the majority of dog bites occur to children. Children are so loving, and they genuinely want to be affectionate with dogs. They have a natural instinct to bond with these lovely animals.
Unfortunately, not all dogs take to children as easily as children take to them. As a result, they may respond to affection by biting the child.
Children who suffer from dog bites often go from loving dogs to having fear and emotional damage. As the parent of a dog bite victim, it is important that you know how to deal with the emotional trauma. Following are some tips that will help you to help your child:
- Talk to your child. It is important to talk to your child about what happened as soon as possible—do not act as if the incident never took place. The incident should be talked about often, at least a couple times a day at first.
- Open up. It is important that you child sees you open up about the incident. Express concern and regret that the attack took place. Seeing you open up may persuade your child to do the same.
- Seek professional help. Sometimes the emotional scars can be deep and be difficult for your child to cope with. In some instances, it may be necessary for your child to seek professional help to get past the emotional trauma.
If you or your child has suffered from emotional trauma following a dog bite, you may be entitled to legal compensation. To receive a free case evaluation, fill out the contact on this page.