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Hi there,

My 10 month old's ear was bitten (by another child) today and it is enormous and swollen and sticking straight out from his head.

I've decided to take him to the ped tomorrow morning, and I'm sure she will say something about tetanus - won't she? (DS is 100% unvaccinated). So, first off, I just wanted to say that I'm not worried about him getting tetanus. What I am worried about is not knowing what I'm talking about with the ped! I've seen it mentioned here that there is some sort of shot which should be given if there is a worry about tetanus. Could someone explain this in more detail to me? Thanks.
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WHY would they want to do tetanus?
you get lock jaw from contaminants in feces.
typically barn animal feces.
i would understand if your child had cut his foot on a rusted nail while on a farm (or even in barkdust at a playground)
but from a child bite???

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Just tell her no thank you. You dont have to explain your reasoning to her at all. You dont owe her any explanation.

 
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You should not be worried about tetanus if you used proper cleansing methods for the wound and the wound bled.

You can get TIG - Tetanus Immunoglobulin.

Your ped might not be worried about tetanus. Hopefully your ped would not recommend a tetanus shot because it would not be effective on this wound.

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like the pp said, a tetanus shot would do nothing for this case if it were tetanus. you would need the TIG. i am not so sure that is necessary for a bite though?

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Thanks for your replies. Just to make it clear -- I am not worried about DS getting tetanus or any other disease from this bite. (I *am* worried about the physical trauma to the ear and that's why I'm taking him to see the doc). But I want information just because I like to be able to discuss things properly.

So my understanding is that a tetanus vaccine is not effective immediately, so even if the doc thought that there was some chance of tetanus it would not be a reasonable thing for her to recommend. However, there is a Tetanus Immunoglobulin..........what is this exactly?

Also, is there any other disease you can think of which she may want to discuss (ie - try to convince me to get a vaccine for) - like hepatitis maybe?
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My only worry would be infection. Who knows what they might try to push- but remember- vaccines are not emergency medicine. They are not designed to TREAT anything.

Hope he feels better soon!

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Yeah, I am somewhat worried about infection, too. His ear really is pretty messed up. : But I haven't even thought about how I would feel about giving him antibiotics.....neither of my kids have ever taken antibiotics. I guess that's a whole 'nother question.
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My dd was bitten by our dog a couple of months ago : . They, of course, said we needed a tetanus shot and I told them we're religiously opposed. She acted confused so I then said that we have a religious exemption and after running it by someone else she just said "ok". They also said that we absolutely needed antibiotics. They acted all dramatic about it like dd was in serious danger of dying from an infected wound w/o them. I took the prescription and never needed to fill it. Remarkably, dd healed just fine w/o antibiotics or a tetanus shot. Just don't let them bully you or scare you into doing anything. Good luck and I hope your son feels better soon.
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TiG works on current tetanus infection. a tetanus shot at the time of an injury will only tie up your immunity. it is a BAD idea. tetanus shot will only work for FUTURE injuries which would become infected with tetanus.

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Unless the child who bit your child has a lot of unprotected sex and shoots drugs, I wouldn't worry about Hep.

Practice common sense first aid, keep it clean, let it heal. Watch for signs of infection.

Don't know if you know many wrestlers or rugby players, but ear injuries often look pretty bad, but unless they are repeated they usually return to normal once swelling has gone down. You only usually see permanent damage (called lovingly 'cauliflower ear') in really hardcore athletes. I wouldn't worry too much about it... but of course that's easy for me to say, I'm not his momma!

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Unless the child who bit your child has a lot of unprotected sex and shoots drugs, I wouldn't worry about Hep.
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Aww, your poor babe. I hope he feels better soon.

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Babe is healing splendidly. It is much better every morning! The doc didn't mention a thing about shots of any sort (in relation to this bite, that is - although she did ask at the end of the appointment "are you absolutely sure you don't want any shots?" and when I said yes, she said fine). However, she did push the need for antibiotics quite strongly. I filled the prescription, but I am waiting to see an actual sign of infection before giving them to the baby. Thanks for all your help!
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