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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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Dr. Monica Shah
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Toxoplasmosis (Definition)

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

Not definitely: Untreated women who acquired infection in 1st trimester in 10-25% had congenital infections in their babies. In the 2nd trimester its 30-54%. In the 3rd trimester its 60-65%. Infant disease is more severe if toxoplasmosis is acquired by the mother in the 1st or 2nd trimesters. Most infants born of mothers infected in the 3rd trimester have subclinical infection but still need treatment. ...Read more

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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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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