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When should babies born to mothers with hepatitis C be tested for hepatitis c?

When should babies born to mothers with hepatitis C be tested for hepatitis c?

Depends on test: Roughly 5% of infants born to hep c mothers will acquire the infection. The mothers IgG antibody to hep c that would indicate prior infection will persist up to 18 months in baby so a + test would not be specific for baby prior to 18 mo. There is a specific test for hep c RNA that can be preformed at 1-2 mo. That would be specific for the baby.See red book, 28ed 2009.P358-360. ...Read more

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Dr. Jay Park
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Hepatitis (Definition)

Hepatitis is an inflammatory condition of the liver. Almost all cases are caused by viruses--most commonly hepatitis A, hepatitis B, and hepatitis C--or by toxins such as alcohol. With hepatitis, the liver will swell and not work properly, failing to rid the ...Read more


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What are the effects on a baby born with hepatitis C (from her mother)?

What are the effects on a baby born with hepatitis C (from her mother)?

Hep C infection: Approximately 5% of infants born to Hep C infected mothers will acquire the same infection. ...Read more

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Hepatitis c mother can feed to baby ?

Hepatitis c mother  can feed to baby  ?

Bottle feeding: It is not recommended that a mother with hep c breast feed their child or that you pump and given the milk. Hep c can be spread through the breast milk. Since hep c is a blood borne illness, no contact with body fluids is recommended. ...Read more

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Is it possible to catch hepatitis C from playing with a baby whose mother is hep c positive?

Is it possible to catch hepatitis C from playing with a baby whose mother is hep c positive?

Unlikely: There has to be exposure of blood / bodily fluids from the mother to put you at any risk. ...Read more

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If a 5yr old has to be tested for hepatitis C does this mean the father has to be tested as well? She's 5yrs old and i'm not sure why but her father is having her tested for hepatitis c, i can understand why the mother should be tested but is there a reas

If a 5yr old has to be tested for hepatitis C does this mean the father has to be tested as well? She's 5yrs old and i'm not sure why but her father is having her tested for hepatitis c, i can understand why the mother should be tested but is there a reas

Here : Here is the list from the national institute of health of ways you can catch hepatitis c. People who may be at risk for hepatitis c are those who: -have been on long-term kidney dialysis -have regular contact with blood at work (for instance, as a health care worker) -have unprotected sexual contact with a person who has hepatitis c (this is much less common, but the risk is higher for those who have many sex partners, already have a sexually transmitted disease, or are infected with hiv) -inject street drugs or share a needle with someone who has hepatitis c -received a blood transfusion before july 1992 -received a tattoo or acupuncture with contaminated instruments (the risk is very low with licensed, commercial tattoo facilities) -received blood, blood products, or solid organs from a donor who has hepatitis c -share personal items such as toothbrushes and razors with someone who has hepatitis c (less common) -were born to a hepatitis c-infected mother (this occurs in about 1 out of 20 babies born to mothers with hcv, which is much less common than with hepatitis b) a father cannot transmit hepatitis c to a child except through the above mentioned ways. I attached the link to the national institute of health's information page on hepatitis c. ...Read more

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If a father has a hepatitis b, and the mother is immune to the virus, does the baby get any more hepb shots than a baby with normal parents?

If a father has a hepatitis b, and the mother is immune to the virus, does the baby get any more hepb shots than a baby with normal parents?

No: A mother who is immune to hepatitis b will not contract the disease. On the same token, her baby will be protected from the disease and will not need more shots compared to a baby of parents who are hep b negative. ...Read more

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Why do babies go to a separate place when being born for shots?Nd is not because the mother can't handle it when a few weeks u watch your baby get shots

Why do babies go to a separate place when being born for shots?Nd is not because the mother can't handle it when a few weeks u watch your baby get shots

No good reason: Your pediatrician may prefer to examine and treat the baby elsewhere. But, you are the mother! if you don't want the baby to leave you to get shots, you have every right to tell them that you want your baby to stay with you. Having surgery, or having to go to the intensive care unit is really the only reason your baby would need to leave your side. ...Read more

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What can happen of an infant born to a gonorrhea-infected mother?

What can happen of an infant born to a gonorrhea-infected mother?

Eye problems: The infection can spread to the baby and cause a number of infections, most notably a very serious eye infection. This is usually prevented with eye drops given at birth. ...Read more