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Child having wound after playing with dog. Not sure about dog bite. Any injection required?

Sir, My child 2 years old boy . He playing my house dog then he came and show his hands but he try to say something .after 2days later his hand little wound but we not sure my dog bite or not so I have doupt . So if required any injection for prevention if bite or not still we have big doupt please help me .incase injection any side affects in future
Asked On : Sun, 27 Jan 2013
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Pediatrician 's  Response
Thanks for your query,
Since you are not sure that it is not a bite,so i suggest you to get your child vaccinated.because rabies is a fatal in nature,
First dose should be taken immediately preferably in 72 hours.
Schedule is day 0,3,7,14,28.
Give first 2 doses and keep an eye over dog for 10days,if dog develops any features of rabies full schedule is to be followed and if dog is healthy third dose to be taken on day 21 so as to convert it into pre exposure prophylaxis.
Wishing your child good health.
God bless.
Answered: Mon, 28 Jan 2013
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Pediatrician, Cardiology Dr. Pradeep Kumar's  Response
If you have any doubt you can get him vaccinated. Side effects of rabies vaccinations are rare now a days.
Observe the dog and if everything is fine only 3 doses will be needed. Also get your pet vaccinated for rabies for protection of other family members.
Answered: Mon, 28 Jan 2013
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Pediatrician Dr. Y V Siva Sankara Murty's  Response

you should be vaccinated with rabies as already suggested

but you should also get a tetanus toxoid injection as tetanus is also a possibility

rabies vaccination should be given on day 0,3,7,14,28

in certain scenarios rabies immunoglobulin should also be given

so consult your pediatrician and get his advise immediatly

initial wound managment also reduces the chance of having rabies

clean the wound with plenty of water and soap

hope this helps

take care
Answered: Sat, 16 Feb 2013
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