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TETANUS (LOCK JAW)

A Rare Disease In Immunised Children

Usually, this disease is seen in rural areas where the umbilical cord is cut with a dirty instrument, or cow-dung is put on the umbilical cord. But it can happen even if the delivery takes place in a hospital and proper antiseptic measures are not taken while cutting the umbilical cord.

SYMPTOMS: Difficulty in swallowing and stiffness of the jaw with difficulty in opening the mouth are present. This may be followed by convulsions or spasms during which the child arches the body backwards, becomes blue and may even die.

PREVENTION: Complete the  course of immunisation. Beware of wounds that can be infected with tetanus germs found in the soil and the stools of animals. Special care is needed in wounds due to nails, glass, thorns, dirty blades or needles, rusty wires, in gunshot and stab wounds, and in animal bites. 

Newborn babies can also get this disease and can even die. Tetanus toxoid given to the mother (one or two injections as per the advice of your doctor) is effective in preventing the disease. Mothers who are not given these shots during pregnancy are also protected to some extent if they were immunised in childhood.

TREATMENT: Clean the wound with soap and clean water and check with your doctor if your child needs a shot of tetanus toxoid. If he is immunised, donít bother with this for minor household injuries. Even for major injuries, if the child is due for his booster dose of DPT, give him the same instead of tetanus toxoid.




16 June, 2014

 
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