How To Protect Your Child From An Animal Attack

Animal attacks are something you hope you never have to encounter. But due to the relationship between man and nature, sometimes it’s inevitable we cross paths with an animal that can cause you harm. As mentioned here at, it is estimated that there are up to 2 million animal bites each year in the US alone, and there is more chance of dying from a domestic dog attack than being hit by lightning. Animal attacks happen for a variety of reasons, and if you are a parent, protecting your children from any dangers posed by animals is something that you should keep in mind. 

If you ever find yourself and your child in a possible animal attack situation, here are some tips as to what you can do to protect your child.

Teach Your Children How to Be Safe With Animals

One of the best ways to prevent an attack on your child is to teach them well about the dangers of animals, and how to interact with pets and other animals. Pets can be great companions to children or can be a lot of fun to play with. Teaching your children to always be gentle and calm with animals and not to hurt or tease them is important. Often children are attacked because they are unaware of the danger or that they are provoking an animal. Try to make your children aware of warning signs that animals display if they are feeling threatened or uncomfortable, and teach them to not disturb animals when they are eating, sleeping, or with their young. 

Adult Supervision

If your child is in any situation with animals, domestic or wild, supervision should be of the utmost importance. From family pets to wild snakes and insects, if you are supervising your child you will be able to spot dangers and help prevent any attack. If you are leaving your child somewhere where they may come in contact with animals, make sure there is trusted supervision and first aid or medical specialists at hand. The experts at explain that pet owners are liable for the actions of their pets, so make sure your pet is not left unsupervised with a child. If an attack does occur, always remain calm and take steps to get the child to safety or minimize the danger. If an attack does occur, the supervisor will be able to respond quicker than if a child is left unsupervised. 

Protecting Your Children From Insects

Insects pose a risk from bites and sting to children and people of all ages. Depending on your geographic location, your children could be at risk from venomous or poisonous insects, or stinging insects like wasps and bees, or most common and dangerous of all, mosquito bites. 

If your children are playing in an outdoor area, make sure to check the area for things like wasp or hornet nests, beehives, or ant nests. If you see any of these, make sure the children are kept far away and understand the dangers. If you are in an area with mosquitos, may sure the children are protected with repellent. If you are in a region of the world with mosquito-borne diseases, you may want to consider using a mosquito net around your outside play area. Education is also important for protection from insects, teach the children that they are not playthings and all insects should be left alone whether they pose a danger or not.

In The Wild

There are several animals that pose a threat that you could encounter when taking a trip to nature. Every animal has their warning signs and responses when in a situation with humans, so making yourself aware of the animals in the environment you are in is always wise. That being said, there are a few general things you can remember to reduce the danger of an attack. If you spot an animal in the wild, keep your distance, don’t approach it, animals will see you as a threat and will respond with either fight or flight. If you want to view the animals, take some binoculars rather than moving in for a closer look. 

Always be aware of any food products you have with you, these can attract animals to you or your child. Make sure to dispose of any food waste responsibly and in designated trash containers. Many animal attacks happen because a human has food or is in the way of the animal getting food. If you are with a child, you should always make sure they are not carrying any food. 

Animals can be entertaining, educational, and compassionate for children, but as a responsible parent or supervisor, you should do everything you can to keep your children safe while teaching them how to interact with animals and reduce the risk of an attack. By following some of these tips, you can provide more safety for your children to play, interact or view animals.