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Learn what to look for if you suspect your child might have tetanus. If you suspect your child has tetanus seek medical assistance right away. Also learn about how it is diagnosed and treated, and how it can be prevented.

Key points

  • Tetanus is a rare medical emergency. See the doctor right away if you think your child may have the disease.
  • The bacteria that cause tetanus are found in soil, dust or animal droppings.
  • Tetanus can be fatal. It can cause long-term problems with speech, memory or thinking.
  • Make sure your child's tetanus immunizations are up to date.
Last updated: March 5th 2010