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Here I mean critters who can't let you know if they want anything like cats and dogs... Like birds, reptiles etc... And of course I mean here that the kid is capable of taking full responsibility and good care of the pet...
I think the best small pet for children is guinea pigs. They are very sociable, awake during the day, live up to 8 years, and do not bite. It is extremely rare for GP to bite! Other small mammals are usually nocturnal, have short life spans, and do bite. Just make sure it is considered "part of the family."
I wouldn't get a reptile for a young child. There is a lot involved with lighting, temperature, humidity, etc. A lot of adults can't handle reptiles, and for some reason they still get them.
Whatever you choose, make sure you do your research, including discussing it with a veterinarian. They will help you in your decision and setting up your pet's home. Most of the time these animals become sick is due to poor diet and husbandry.