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Bites - Animals and Insects

Children come in contact with all kinds of animals, both domestic and wild. Animal bites can be extremely dangerous and should always be seen by a physician or hospital as soon as possible.

A tetanus injection may be needed , if the child's inoculation has not been kept up-to-date. This section offers immediate self-help advice on animal, snake, and insect bites, that can be carried out while waiting for further professional help.

Essential Oils That help
Thyme - Camomile German - Oregano - Manuka - Eucalyptus radiata - Lemongrass - Ravensara - Geranium - Lavender

Animal Bites
Wash the area of the bite with water and mild soap and then rinse with water and disinfectant. If the area is easily accessible, rinse in water running gently from a faucet for several minutes.

Then dry and cover. If the wound is bleeding, apply pressure to the area with a clean piece of cloth, and make sure further help for the child is being arranged.

Rabies is a worry, especially where wildlife is concerned, although superficial wounds are not as risky as those that puncture the skin, if the skin is broken at all, or there is bleeding, or more than one bite, call your doctor immediately. Even if the skin was not broken at the time, if it starts to look red and swollen later, or infected under the surface, get immediate medical help.

Snake Bites
Try to keep yourself and the child calm and arrange for emergency medical help immediately. The bitten area should be kept as still as possible, so try to avoid unnecessary movement. While getting help, cover the bite with a cold compress on which you have put at least 25 drops of lavender oil. If you don't have any lavender to hand, use what you have, any essential oil is better than nothing at this point.

It's difficult to know whether the bite is poisonous or not, so just err on the side of caution and assume it is. It's highly likely the bite was poisonous if the fang marks are deep and prominent, or if any of the following symptoms occur.

Signs and Symptoms

There is swelling, redness, bluishness, or a burning sensation around the area of bite.
The tissue around the bite, as well as bite area itself, is very painful
Feeling, faint, nausea, vomiting
Clammy skin, sweating
Rapid or too shallow breathing 

Fast heart and pulse rate 

Reference: Aromatherapy For The Healthy Child: Valerie Ann Worwood

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