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Child got scratched with metallic core. Tetanus needed? - Online Doctor Chats

Date : 26-Mar-2013
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User:need some advice
Doctor:Please go ahead
User:My son who is 05 and half years old while playing with his hopping cycle got a scratch from a part of cycle
User:the cycle is typlically the metallic one
Doctor:I understand
User:do i need him to take a Tetanus
User:its just a scrach...maybe 04-05 cm long
Doctor:It would be better
Doctor:Within 24 hours of the injury, he needs to get a tetanus shot
Doctor:I understand, but its better to be safe than sorry
Doctor:as the tetanus bacterium is fond in spores in soil
User:thanks for the advice
Doctor:Further, please keep the wound clean and dont cover it
Doctor:It will heal on its own
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