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A 25-year-old female asked:

I cut the tip of my 3month olds finger with dusty nail clippers and it made her bleed, can she get tetanus from this? should i see a dr right away?

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Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics 47 years experience
Maybe,maybe not: Any wound that opens the skin can allow tetanus spores access to create an infection. A rusty nail is a classic exposure but any cut could be a source. Good cleaning and care can help.Your baby should have had an initial tetanus shot, and would be protective but a call to the doc is worth the effort.

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