Bed spider bites are deadly for kids
The bed spider bites kids, but not all of them are fatal, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
The Centers for Diseases Control and Preventives Bedspider Bites Report 2016 found that about 20% of bites reported to the CDC in 2016 were not fatal.
There were no deaths in 2017.
The CDC recommends people wear masks when sleeping in bed, and children should never be left unattended with a bed spider bite.
“The only time I have ever seen a bed bite that did not result in death was during a family trip to a vacation home,” said Dr. Robert F. Brown, the CDC’s assistant director for medical services.
Brown said bed spiders are known to bite people with allergies and asthma.
“I have seen many cases of bed spider allergies in children,” he said.
Brown noted that the most common bites are to the face, hands, legs and feet.
Brown added that the bite is typically painful and can lead to swelling and redness on the skin, but it usually goes away after the first few days.
In cases where there are no swelling, Brown said the body will release adrenaline that will reduce swelling.
“A patient will recover in two to three days,” Brown said.
He said the CDC does not recommend people seek medical attention for bed spider venom because most bites are treated with antibiotics and painkillers.
Brown is not recommending people leave children unattended in their beds, but he does recommend keeping them inside if possible.
“We do not advise people to leave their beds unattended, even though it may be tempting to do so,” Brown wrote.
“This may be particularly important if you are a parent and want your child to be safe.”
The CDC says that many children do not know their parents are allergic to bed spiders, but many have a fear of spiders.
“While many of us have heard stories of parents who have lost their child to bed spider, there are many myths about bed spiders,” Brown added.
“Bed spiders are a relatively small arachnid, and if a spider is close to your child, you are more likely to be bitten by the spider.”
Brown noted it is important to use caution around children when they play outdoors.
“Be aware that many spiders are territorial,” he wrote.