Coronavirus: Does an infected mother pass the infection on to her newborn baby?


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Precautions are required when breastfeeding

A new study revealed that women with coronavirus are unlikely to infect their newborns during childbirth if the necessary precautions are taken.

Of the 120 infants born in three hospitals in New York City, it has not been proven from tests that infected mothers have transmitted the epidemic to infants.

Experts say the results are reassuring, but more experiments are needed.

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Data indicate that the risk of transmission of the SK virus during pregnancy and lactation is rare, and for this vary the recommendations addressed to pregnant women and new mothers.

The Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists in the UK indicates that mothers should share a room with their infants and breastfeed them if they wish, but with appropriate precautions.

Together with the World Health Organization, experts say the benefits of breastfeeding outweigh the potential risks from an outbreak of the Coronavirus.

It is noteworthy that the American Center for Epidemic Control and Prevention has issued a recommendation that the child and the mother should be temporarily separated to reduce the risks arising from the transmission of the virus to the infant.

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However, in the last study, mothers and infants were allowed to stay in the same room and mothers were able to breastfeed their young – with some measures such as wearing face masks and washing hands regularly. Babies have a small family attached but far from a mother’s bed.

The researchers concluded that:

All 120 infants were not infected with the Corona virus after being tested with nasal swabs.

82 of them were examined again a week later and they all proved free of epidemic.

Most of these infants (68 infants) shared a room with their mothers and more than three quarters of them were breastfed.

72 infants were examined two weeks after birth and found to be HIV-positive.

Researchers acknowledge that about a third of infants have not undergone further postpartum testing, due to the parents’ partial desire to bring them to the clinic environment during the outbreak.

However, Dr. Christine Salvatore, who headed the study team, said: “We hope that our study provides some reassurances to the new mothers that the risks resulting from the transmission of Covid-19 to their young are very low.”

“However, extensive studies are needed to understand the risks of transmission of the epidemic from mother to infant,” she added.

Professor Marian Knight, who heads the UK’s National Monitoring Group for the Covid-19 epidemic during pregnancy, said the research provided reassurances and support for current guidance.


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