Will a Child Develop Fears After a Dog Bite?

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The wounds left from a dog attack aren’t always purely physical. Some children will develop psychological issues following an attack. For children who have suffered a moderate dog bite, 1 in 10 will develop post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). The odds are greater for children who have suffered a severe dog bite injury. 1 in 4 of those victims will suffer PTSD.

PTSD can cause a child to exhibit abnormal behaviors. After a dog attack, your child may begin to:

PTSD in Children after Dog Bites

  • Fear the dark
  • Fear being left alone
  • Refuse to go outside alone
  • Act shyly with family or friends
  • Act aggressively with family or friends
  • Lose interest in games, school, or other extracurricular activities

These symptoms may disappear on their own within six months to a year. However, it is always advisable to seek professional help if your child starts to exhibit PTSD symptoms. Cognitive Behavioral Therapy may help your child recover from the trauma they have experienced.

Has your child been the victim of an attack by a dog? Please call David Cowhey at (609) 513-0627 or contact us online for a free consultation with an experienced dog bite attorney. Mr. Cowhey welcomes clients throughout the South Jersey area.