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Child scratched by dog under eye. Is child safe?

My 4month old German Shephard just playfully scratched a little 6 year old girl under her eye. The scratch did not break any skin. One of my kids opened the front door and the puppy ran out side in my yard where my other kids were playing along with my neighbor. The dog has all its up to date shots including rabies . Is the child in any physical or mentally harm?
Asked On : Thu, 28 Mar 2013
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Pediatrician 's  Response
Feb 2013

Thank you for your query on Healthcare Magic.

Dog scratch or bite on face is more risk for rabies.

But as the dog is your pet dog and it is upto date for all shots including rabies vaccines, the risk is very very low.

The area of bite should be cleaned with soap water and under running water.

If the child is up to date for tetanus toxoid vaccination, there is no need to give injection TT.

But physical examination of the wound, review of her vaccination status by your Pediatrician is important.

Therefore I advise you to consult the Pediatrician for the further advise regarding rabies vaccination depending on his assessment of the risk.

At the same time I advise you to observe the dog for the 10 days from the bite and if you find any abnormailty, immediately consult the Pediatrician.

Hope I have answered your query.

Answered: Thu, 28 Mar 2013
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Pediatrician Dr. Synthyia Bhagat's  Response
Thanks for your query,
Since head and neck is considered as danger area and rabies is a fatal disease so no chance should be taken.
I suggest you to get her vaccinated as per schedule that is day 0,3,7,14 and 28.
Observe dog for 10 days and if dog remains healthy last two doses need not to be given.

Take care.
God bless..
Answered: Thu, 28 Mar 2013
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