Cat scratches and bites can cause cat scratch disease, a bacterial infection carried in cat saliva. The bacteria are passed from a cat to a human after the cat licks its paws then scratches human skin. Rubbing the eyes after petting a cat's fur can also spread cat scratch disease. Young kittens less than 1 year of age are more likely to scratch, increasing the likelihood of infection.
The following are the most common symptoms of cat scratch disease. However, each child may experience symptoms differently. Symptoms may include:
The symptoms of cat scratch disease may resemble other conditions or medical problems. Always consult your child's physician for a diagnosis.
Specific treatment for cat scratch disease will be determined by your child's physician based on the following:
Treatment may include:
Click here to view the
Online Resources of Common Childhood Injuries & Poisonings