Nghe AnThe baby girl has just been born with syphilis, transmitted from the womb.
Doctors of Neonatal Resuscitation, Nghe An Pediatric Hospital said that in mid-September, the 0-day-old girl was transferred from a district hospital. Her mother has syphilis.
Fetal period, the baby was malnourished, limb infection with immature condition. The doctor diagnosed the baby with congenital syphilis. On 2/20, after 20 days of treatment according to the syphilis regimen for the newborn, the baby’s health was stable.
Syphilis is a bacterial infection caused by the spirochetes of Treponema pallidum. Unsafe sex, mother-to-child transmission and blood transfusion are the three main ways of transmission.
According to doctors, during pregnancy, the mother with this disease can transmit it to her baby through the placenta, causing infection of the fetus, increasing the risk of miscarriage, premature birth, stillbirth. As a result, babies have syphilis before birth. Infants also get syphilis when the mother gives birth through the vagina.
The fetus infected with syphilis spirochetes will face a very high risk of death. If the infection is massively syphilis, the fetus will not survive and is at risk of miscarriage by 5-6 months of pregnancy. At milder levels, premature birth is possible and it is also very difficult to survive.
Babies with syphilis are born with weak resistance and poor ability to absorb nutrients. The disease causes sores, blistering on the baby’s body. Children can suffer from birth defects such as disabilities, intellectual disability, heart disease, liver disease … When the disease is severe and complicated, the child loses fertility.
Syphilis is a disease that can be treated with antibiotics and can be prevented. Before pregnancy, doctors recommend that women should have prenatal check-ups, screening for syphilis and other risks, and have safe sex. During the first 18 weeks of pregnancy, pregnant women must periodically check up for pregnancy to detect this disease in the fetus. Since then, detect the disease in time and have appropriate direction.