What precautions should be followed for newborns when the mother has not been immunized against tetanus since her childhood series?

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What precautions should be followed for newborns when the mother has not been immunized against tetanus since her childhood series?

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The mother should be educated about the risk of tetanus, especially regarding care of the cord stump and circumcision (if applicable). Some cultures use “belly bands” or earth-based healing compounds. It is extremely important to caution these mothers about keeping these sites clean and not introducing dirt/feces into the site. These infants, who have little or no protection from maternal antibodies, should begin their DTaP series at the earliest possible age, which is 6 weeks.

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