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How can babies contract toxoplasmosis?

How can babies contract toxoplasmosis?

Pre/postnatal ?!?!: The organism of toxo is acquired by ingestion of infected raw or undercooked meat or inhaled eggs that aerosolize from cat feces.Maternal infection during pregnancy may or may not pass on to the baby. The damage of the infection to the fetus varies. Women contemplating or in pregnancy are encouraged to avoid contact with a cat literbox for the duration of the pregnancy. ...Read more

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Dr. Monica Shah
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Toxoplasmosis (Definition)

An infection caused by the parasite Toxoplasma Gondii. It is found in various animals and birds, but the primary hosts of the parasite are cats. It takes about 1-2 weeks for symptoms to develop, which can involve the brain, lung, ...Read more


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Is it bad for my baby if i got toxoplasmosis only a week before conception?

Is it bad for my baby if i got toxoplasmosis only a week before conception?

Difficult to know: But if you had toxoplasma in your circulation the possibility is that the fetus was infected. Discuss this at length with your obstetrician and probably with your future pediatrician as well. ...Read more

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If i got toxoplasmosis when i was 6 mnths pregn, can my baby be ok? If not, can I still take medication so my baby is ok? Now im 7 months pregn

If i got toxoplasmosis when i was 6 mnths pregn, can my baby be ok? If not, can I still take medication so my baby is ok? Now im 7 months pregn

Toxo: How did you know that you had toxoplasmosis? I assume that diagnosis came from your doctor? If so, i would ask about it as soon as possible. If you did have toxoplasmosis there are medications that can be given, some of which depend on whether there are ultrasound findings. There is a possibility the baby can also become infected, so it's very important to see and talk to your doctor. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of toxoplasmosis in baby?

Often asymptomatic: 70-90% of infants infected in utero are asymptomatic in newborn period but develop visual impairment, learning disability, and mental retardation become apparent several months to years later. Symptomatic infants present with rash, enlarged liver, spleen, lymph nodes, and microcephaly or hydrocephalus. ...Read more

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What effect does toxoplasmosis have on a developing baby?

What effect does toxoplasmosis have on a developing baby?

Toxoplasmosis: Are yoiu talking about a fetus or a child who has already been born. Effect on the fetus depends on the stage of development and trimester during which the infection is acquired. Speak to your pediatrician or a maternal-fetal health specialist. ...Read more

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In what way you can determine if a baby has toxoplasmosis?

In what way you can determine if a baby has toxoplasmosis?

Blood tests: Diagnosis can be confirmed by detecting a positive blood test called the IgM assay for toxo in the first 6 months. An IgG assay may pick up moms transferred material and would not be specific for baby.The IgM would be produced by the baby in response to an infection. Suspicion & need for testing may arise from exam findings. ...Read more

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If I get toxoplasmosis, will it definitely have an impact on my baby?

If I get toxoplasmosis, will it definitely have an impact on my baby?

No: Congenital toxoplasmosis infections are rare. Even if you were to develop an acute infection, the chances of it causing a problem in the baby is rare. ...Read more

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If i got toxoplasmosis today and i started medication a month later, could my baby be born ok? (3rd trimestre)

You're okay: If you contracted toxoplasmosis in the 3rd trimester you've missed the most dangerous period. If you are positive for it, you need to be treated. Here's a great website for more information. http://www.webmd.com/baby/toxoplasmosis. ...Read more

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Toxoplasmosis and pregnant . Help me figure out if my baby is affected.?

Visit your MD: The only way to tell is to get blood work to check "titers, " or antibody levels to toxoplasmosis. ...Read more

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Can you reverse the effects of toxoplasmosis on a child if they are born with it?

Can you reverse the effects of toxoplasmosis on a child if they are born with it?

REVERSING BRAIN HARM: In infections that impact the body and brain, they must be fully removed. Second, many tissues in infants may have better recovery than expected. So things like transdermal md may raise intra-cell magnesium which is both protective and anti-inflammatory as a trend. Nutricology nt factor are the exact fats in human membranes and some can be added to solution or food. These may help in some. ...Read more

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I'm pregnant and tested as NOT immune to toxoplasmosis. Should I request further testing? How can I know if baby is affected?

I'm pregnant and tested as NOT immune to toxoplasmosis. Should I request further testing? How can I know if baby is affected?

No further testing: Hi, I'm assuming your doctor tested you for toxoplasmosis antibodies because you have a cat? Being non-immune to toxoplasmosis means that you have not been infected with this parasite previously and could get infected. Prevention is the best course so if you do have a cat then you should not change the litter while pregnant. No need to check the fetus if you a not infected! Good luck! ...Read more

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Can my cat give my child toxoplasmosis?

Can my cat give my child toxoplasmosis?

Yes.: One can contract toxoplasmosis by consuming food or water contaminated with cat feces or by contaminated environmental samples (such as fecal-contaminated soil or changing the litter box of a pet cat). Children are particularly vulnerable because of poor hand hygiene. ...Read more

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Can you tell me how to know that I have toxoplasmosis and I can't have a child?

Can you tell me how to know that I have toxoplasmosis and I can't have a child?

See your doctor: You can have a blood test that determines if you have ever had exposure to toxoplasmosis. If you have antibodies, it means you had exposure at some point, and your fetus will be fine. The danger is if you have an acute case of toxoplasmosis while pregnant. If you have active disease, treatment is easy, antibiotics. So go get the test. ...Read more

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Can toxoplasmosis harm my unborn child?

Absolutely!: Toxoplasmosis can be very dangerous to an unborn fetus. Risk of transmission is increased later during pregnancy, but if contracted earlier, the fetus' outcome is worse. Toxo can cause visuospatial, hearing, and learning problems later in life. Fortunately, patients with toxo can be treated with antibiotics while still pregnant. Babies can be tested directly too. Ask your doctor for more info! ...Read more

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Cat does not have toxoplasmosis - can the powder from the litter i smell when i kiss him be harmful to baby (pregnant)?

No.: Toxoplasmosis transmits when oocysts excreted in cat droppings sit in kitty litter or soil for several days so they can mature to an infectious stage. The transmission is not aerosol but rather litter-to-hand-to-mouth. The same type of transmission occurs from contaminated soil. ...Read more

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Can my baby get toxoplasmosis from putting a toy in her mouth after my cat sat on it?

Can my baby get toxoplasmosis from putting a toy in her mouth after my cat sat on it?

No, Unlikely: Toxo infections are rare. It is not all that contagious, so I would not worry about it unless there is constant and prolonged contact with a kitten infected with Toxo which is uncommon infection in the cats. ...Read more

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Dr Im 13 weeks preg, did torch test only toxoplasmosis igm is on border line. Result is 1. Border line .5 to 1, will it affect my baby? Igg was neg...

Dr Im 13 weeks preg, did torch test only toxoplasmosis igm is on border line. Result is 1. Border line .5 to 1, will it affect my baby? Igg was neg...

Toxoplasma IgM: that is a borderline increase, but needs to be looked after and repeated, could just be false positive, common with IgM as it is very sensitive, very early to talk about whether your baby is affected, IgG is negative, talk to your doctor and keep a close follow up , your doctor will give you more information, wish you healthy pregnancy and a healthy baby, ...Read more

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I am very early in my pregnancy. I've drank a cup of milk and found a dead fly inside it. I am worried about toxoplasmosis infection and harm to baby.

I am very early in my pregnancy. I've drank a cup of milk and found a dead fly inside it. I am worried about toxoplasmosis infection and harm to baby.

Dead fly: Had the milk been sitting out long enough to be spoiled? Likely you will be alright from drinking milk that the fly was in if it was not spoiled. ...Read more