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Tuberculosis (TB) is a bacterial infection that can damage the lungs or other parts of the body. The TB skin test can tell if your child has TB bacteria in his or her body. Many people are exposed to TB and test positive for TB bacteria in their bodies, but they don't get the disease. TB bacteria can stay in your child's body without making him or her sick. This is because your child's immune system can keep TB in check.
Follow-up care is a key part of your child's treatment and safety. Be sure to make and go to all appointments, and call your doctor or nurse call line if your child is having problems. It's also a good idea to know your child's test results and keep a list of the medicines your child takes.
Watch closely for changes in your child's health, and be sure to contact your doctor or nurse call line if:
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Current as of: September 23, 2020
Author: Healthwise Staff
Medical Review:John Pope MD - Pediatrics
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