Most Newborns of COVID-19-Infected Moms Fare Well
MONDAY, September 28, 2020 (HealthDay News) – Babies born to mothers with COVID-19 rarely suffer from the effects of the virus, a new study suggests.
These newborns typically do well within six to eight weeks of birth, but more are admitted to the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) if their mother had COVID-19 within two weeks of giving birth. .
Of more than 200 babies studied, complications, including preterm delivery and admission to the NICU did not differ between mothers with and without COVID-19. No pneumonia or lower respiratory tract infections have been reported up to 8 weeks of age.
“The babies are fine, and it’s wonderful,” said lead author Dr. Valerie Flaherman, associate professor of pediatrics at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF).
“When the coronavirus first struck, there were so many weird and unfortunate issues related, but there was almost no information on how COVID-19 is affecting pregnant women and their newborns. We didn’t know what to expect for the babies, so this is good news, ”Flaherman said in a college press release.
Of 263 infants, 44 were admitted to an NICU, but no pneumonia or lower respiratory tract infections were reported. Among 56 infants evaluated for upper respiratory tract infection, this type of infection was reported in two babies born to COVID-19-positive mothers and one born to COVID-19-negative mothers.
According to lead author of the study, Dr. Stephanie Gaw, “Overall, the early results regarding infant health are reassuring, but it is important to note that the majority of these births were due to infections of the breast. third trimester.” Gaw is an Assistant Professor of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Sciences at UCSF.
Two infants born to mothers who tested positive in the third trimester had birth defects. One had heart, kidney, lung and spinal abnormalities. The other had problems with his face, genitals, kidneys, brain and heart.
A mother who tested negative gave birth to a baby with gastrointestinal, kidney and heart problems, the researchers noted.
The results were published online September 22 in the journal Clinical infectious diseases.
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