Skip to main content

Search
First Aid

How Can Kids Avoid Spider Bites?

|

My son's best friend was bitten by a brown recluse spider. Now my son is terrified of spiders — should he be?
- Ralph

Brown recluse spiders (a type of poisonous spider that is about ½ inch long and all brown except for a dark mark in the shape of a violin on its head) typically live in Midwestern and Southern states, but sometimes can be found in other areas of the United States. They like to live outside under rocks, porches, wood, or leaves.

If they do get inside, these spiders are most likely found in places like closets, attics, basements, garages, in boxes, and behind furniture. Reassure your son that brown recluses are not aggressive and will not bite unless they are handled, disturbed, or provoked. If he does see one, tell him not to touch it and to come and get you right away.

Reviewed by: Larissa Hirsch, MD
Date reviewed: March 2010

License

Note: All information is for educational purposes only. For specific medical advice, diagnoses and treatment, consult your doctor.

© 1995–2014 The Nemours Foundation/KidsHealth. All rights reserved.

Should your child see a doctor?

Find out by selecting your child’s symptom or health condition in the list below:

Summer 2014: Good Growing Newsletter

In This Issue

  • Understanding the Power and Influence of Role Models
  • Legal Marijuana Means Greater Poisoning Risks for Children
  • Why Choose Pediatric Emergency Care?

Download Summer 2014 (PDF)

Videos

Miracle Makers 2014 3:07:00Expand
6.6.14

The 30th annual Miracle Makers fundraising special aired on KOMO 4 TV on June 6, 2014. The special takes us on a journey through the hopes, fears, victories and challenges facing patients at Seattle Children's. Cosponsored by Costco Wholesale and KOMO 4. 

Play Video
Overcoming the Odds: A KING 5 TV Children's HealthLink Special 0:44:45Expand
12.30.13

In the spirit of the holidays, patients, parents and doctors share inspirational stories of healing and hope. From surviving heart failure and a near-death drowning to battling a flesh-eating disease, witness how the impossible became possible thanks to the care patients received at Seattle Children's Hospital.

Play Video
Miracle Season 2013 0:57:06Expand
12.11.13

Miracle Season, hosted by Steve Pool and Molly Shen, aired Dec. 8, 2013, on KOMO 4 TV. The annual holiday special celebrates the remarkable lives of Seattle Children's patients.

Play Video