Tetanus, neonatal

  • Short term infection causing uncontrolled and severe muscle spasms throughout the body and lock jaw
  • Caused by toxins secreted by bacteria
  • Spread in infants most commonly as a result of contamination of umbilical cord during delivery or through poor sanitation during circumcision of male infants
  • Affects males and females
  • Occurs in newborn infants of non-immunized mothers
  • Severe and life threatening
  • Preventable by vaccinating women of childbearing age

Due to the nature of this disease, there are no home treatment options. Please contact your doctor.

FOR EMERGENCIES

  • If you are trained in CPR (Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation)
    • Check for pulse and respirations. If both of these are absent, proceed with CPR as you were trained.
    • If respirations are absent but there is a pulse, proceed with rescue breathing as you were trained.
  • If you are not trained in CPR (Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation):
    • If the person is unconscious, begin to push hard and fast on the center of the chest.

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