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risk for hepatitis for toddler?
Jun 29, 2011

Hello, my 22 month old was at the park and discovered a used bandaid and gauze. I thought she was playing with paper until I saw her tear the bandaid from the gauze. They both appeared to have dried blood on them. She had no visible open cuts on her hands at the time. I am pretty sure she didn't put her hands in her mouth but am not completely confident. Her hands were cleaned with a sanitizing hand wipe as soon as we got to the car (~10 mins later). After her hands were wiped, she rubbed her eyes. We washed her hands with water/soap several times as soon as she was home. We are very worried. Are there any concerns of hep b/c, hiv, or other infectious diseases from touching the bandaid/gauze w/dried blood (is she at risk for contracting anything)? would you recommend testing? She has been vaccinated for hep b. thank you.

Response from Dr. McGovern

Although I am sure this event was traumatic for you, I do not consider her at risk and would not test her.



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