Statistically more children are seen by hospitals for dog bites than any other age group. It is simply far too easy for children to get bitten because they play with dogs the most and in ways that are more likely to alarm dogs. In addition, they have less experience in reading the warning signs and are less able to defend themselves. Unfortunately a lot of adults really have no ideas of the dangers that exist between them because they too often miss the early warning signs.
In most cases parents are simply unaware of the dangers. Proper education is important.
Family Paws Parent Education, Promoting safety for families with dogs has this great Dog & Toddler safety tip sheet. This tip sheet should be shared with anyone who has a small child that might be exposed to dogs whether the family owns them or not. You can download and print it out.