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I have hepatitis c, is there a treatment to help prevent my child from contracting it?

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Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics
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In brief: Not specificly

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.

In brief: Not specificly

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.
Dr. James Ferguson
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Dr. Rakhi Dimino
Obstetrics & Gynecology
1 doctor agrees

In brief: No

There is no medication to prevent transmissionof hepatitis c like there is for hepatitis b.
During delivery of the child we try not to use internal monitoring of the heart rate or contractions.

In brief: No

There is no medication to prevent transmissionof hepatitis c like there is for hepatitis b.
During delivery of the child we try not to use internal monitoring of the heart rate or contractions.
Dr. Rakhi Dimino
Dr. Rakhi Dimino
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