The Coast toddler's bite mark.
The Coast toddler's bite mark.

Warning after Sunshine Coast toddler bitten by snake

SUNSHINE Coast Snake Catchers 24/7 have issued a warning to parents after a Coast toddler was bitten by a snake.

Snake catcher Max took to Facebook to urge parents to always seek medical attention after a snake bite.

"Yesterday a Sunshine Coast toddler got bitten by an unknown snake. I wanted to share the story so everyone could learn a lesson from it," he wrote.

"Although the parents didn't see the snake, when their son came up to them crying 'snake' and showing his foot they were understandably worried.

"They immediately took their son to the local medical centre where two doctors confirmed that it did look like a snakebite, however since he was only showing local pain and symptoms they released him and told the parents to 'keep an eye on him'.

"The parents of the child then messaged me this picture of the bite site and asked my opinion (approximately 1.5hrs after the bite). I confirmed that it does in fact look like a bite from a venomous snake and was quite shocked that the toddler had been sent home within an hour of the bite without any sorts of tests done on him.

"I urged the parents to take the toddler to the hospital and request further checks."

"Fortunately that seemed to be the extent of the envenomation and the toddler is now back home safe and sound."

Max said there was a lesson to be learnt from all of this.

"...this snake could have been anything - and even the most venomous snakes might not start showing symptoms till hours after the bite," he said.

"If you or someone in your family is bitten by a snake that you are unsure of, please take them to a hospital."



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