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(sorry about my bad english)<br><br>
Yesterday (Saturday may 12th) my 2.5 year-old girl was hit by a metallic swing. She suffered a deep open wound between her nose and forehead. At the level of the eyes. The cut was so deep until her craneal bone. Also it was 2 inches long. It was bleeding a lot.<br><br>
She was seen by a plastic surgeon who cleansed the wound and many stitches were needed to repair muscles and tissue.<br><br>
The question is:<br><br>
She is completely unvaccinated, and I´m terrified about tetanus. What am I supposed to do?<br><br>
Please I need any advice, orientation!!<br><br><br>
Thanks a lot.<br><br><br>
P.S. Sorry about my bad english, I´m mexican and in Mexico we don´t have any culture about vaccines (or unvaccinated kids)
 

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You mentioned the wound bled a lot and that it was cleaned.<br><br>
Tetanus cant live in oxygen so with the wound bleeding so much your fine. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/thumb.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="thumbs up"><br><br>
Your poor dd <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/hug.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="hug"><br><br>
BTW your way english is wonderful
 

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Aline,<br>
I am sorry for your daughter's injury and I wish her a speedy recovery. Since the wound was cleaned and sutured, it should be fine. The possible exposure to tetanus spores still exists so you will want to follow the physician's instructions for wound care. It is a fallacy that if a wound bleeds, tetanus cannot thrive. Tetanus spores can still enter a wound, they just won't germinate and produce toxin until an anaerobic (no oxygen) environment is established.<br><br>
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The CDC pink book <a href="http://www.cdc.gov/nip/publications/pink/tetanus.pdf" target="_blank">http://www.cdc.gov/nip/publications/pink/tetanus.pdf</a>
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">Aline,<br>
I am sorry for your daughter's injury and I wish her a speedy recovery. Since the wound was cleaned and sutured, it should be fine. The possible exposure to tetanus spores still exists so you will want to follow the physician's instructions for wound care. It is a fallacy that if a wound bleeds, tetanus cannot thrive. Tetanus spores can still enter a wound, they just won't germinate and produce toxin until an anaerobic (no oxygen) environment is established.<br><br>
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Science Mom: What do you mean? My dd´s injury is completely covered now... so I guess there is a no oxygen environment...!!!!!!<br><br>
So she has the posibility to develop tetanus????????????<br><br>
The surgeon covered the wound until tuesday.. .how many days are required to develop tetanus???<br><br>
So now what am I supposed to do???
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">Science Mom: What do you mean? My dd´s injury is completely covered now... so I guess there is a no oxygen environment...!!!!!!<br><br>
So she has the posibility to develop tetanus????????????<br><br>
The surgeon covered the wound until tuesday.. .how many days are required to develop tetanus???<br><br>
So now what am I supposed to do???</div>
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She won't get tetanus. Just because the wound is covered doesn't mean it's anaerobic, blood is still circulating in the wound. Just keep an eye on it like you would any other wound.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">Science Mom: What do you mean? My dd´s injury is completely covered now... so I guess there is a no oxygen environment...!!!!!!<br><br>
So she has the posibility to develop tetanus????????????<br><br>
The surgeon covered the wound until tuesday.. .how many days are required to develop tetanus???<br><br>
So now what am I supposed to do???</div>
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Aline, Relax!!! I am certain that the wound was properly irrigated by the attending physician so even in the unlikely event tetanus spores were present on the swing, they were most likely cleaned out. My reference was to a subsequent exposure to tetanus spores thus following the directions for wound care. That is why I cautioned you because unfortunately, too many people seem to be under the impression that if a wound bleeds, you cannot get a tetanus infection. Proper suturing and care will considerably reduce the chances of a tetanus infection. Take care.<br><br>
SM
 
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