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A 30-year-old male asked:

Is a life of a newborn baby with hepatitis b is at risk?

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Dr. Ashu Syal
Pediatric Nephrology and Dialysis 30 years experience
Nope: Once treated with vaccine and immuneglobulin, it usually has no repercussions.
Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics 46 years experience
Possibly: The acquisition of hepatitis b from mother during pregnancy does have a variable effect on the kids outcome. Since hep b can result in significant damage to the babies liver without producing symptoms until very late, it can go unrecognized. The infant can go on to develop chronic active hepatitis & eventual liver failure. Some cases can be prevented by early vaccine & immunoglobulin use.

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A 36-year-old member asked:

If the father has hepatitis b, can his newborn baby also have it if the mother does not carry hepatitis b?

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Dr. Martin Raff
Infectious Disease 56 years experience
No: If mom is not infected there is no risk to the fetus. On the other hand, unless mom is immune, since this is a sexually transmitted disease, the likelihood that she will acquire it is great, and she should undergo testing and immunization before becoming pregnant.

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