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could shingles be spread from mother to newborn?

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Dr. Diane Minich
36 years experience Family Medicine
If active shingles: At birth baby could get chicken pox.
Answered on Apr 15, 2014
Dr. John Munshower
29 years experience Family Medicine
Chicken pox: A new born has no immunity to chicken pox-(until they normally receive a shot at 1 year old), which is the varicella virus responsible for both zoster (shingles) and chicken pox. The baby would be at risk of getting chicken pox. Best wishes.
Answered on Mar 26, 2014
Dr. Robert Kwok
32 years experience Pediatrics
No, but...: The answer depends on whether or not mom's antibodies got into the newborn before birth. If mom got shingles, that means she had chicken pox in the past, so mom does have antibodies. If baby is term and healthy, he received mom's antibodies and should not be vulnerable to chicken pox for at least 2 months. After 2-3 months of age, his "maternal" antibodies start fading away, and he is vulnerable.
Answered on Sep 28, 2016

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Dr. Elise Sadoun
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Isolate: She is infectious for chicken pox until the lesions have scabbed over. Be well.

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