Snakes? Spiders? What if my child is bitten or stung?

About 36 children* under the age of 14 are treated each week at a Queensland emergency department for venomous bites or stings. We have a range of dangerous creatures and snakes in Queensland and , spider bites are the most common type of bites and stings, closely followed by stings from bees and wasps. Bites and stings from snakes, jellyfish, ants and ticks are also common. The most severe bites and stings involve jellyfish, snakes or spiders. . It's important to be aware of the dangers and know what to do after a snake bite or a sting. Dangerous snake bites in Queensland are typically caused by brown snakes but may also be caused by tiger snakes, black snakes, taipans and death adders. If you come across a snake, don’t panic, back away to a safe distance and allow the snake to move away. However, if bitten by a snake:

• Dial triple zero (000) immediately.

• Apply a pressure immobilisation bandage and splint to reduce venom absorption. This may be lifesaving and should be done immediately after any snake bite, and before symptoms develop.

• Don’t wash the wound.

• In the event of a cardiac arrest commence CPR.

For more information about bites and stings read the information sheet

Susan Teerds