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Newborns of COVID-19-positive mothers at low risk of infection if strict hygiene measures taken, finds study

Taking strict precautions in opposition to COVID-19 transmission protects not solely newborns but in addition the hospital employees who serve a number of sufferers

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As increasingly analysis is finished into how COVID-19 is transmitted, folks the world over are getting some much-needed solutions. That is very true relating to prenatal, perinatal and postnatal maternal and new child care, particularly for girls with COVID-19 an infection.

A latest examine, revealed within the Journal of Perinatal Medication, revealed that pregnant ladies who contract the an infection on the earlier levels of their being pregnant, COVID-19 constructive pregnant ladies who want ventilatory assist throughout the course of the an infection and COVID-19 sufferers who give beginning to infants with a low beginning weight are extra liable to going through hostile fetal outcomes.

However whereas this examine indicated the chance components posed to pregnant ladies and their unborn infants because of COVID-19 an infection, the chance components for newborns weren’t been revealed. A brand new examine revealed in JAMA Pediatrics focuses on the chance components confronted by newborns of moms with COVID-19 and claims that the dangers are very low certainly.

COVID-19 dangers amongst neonates

The examine, performed by researchers based mostly out of Columbia College’s Irving Medical Middle and New York-Presbyterian Morgan Stanley Kids’s Hospital, was a cohort evaluation of 101 neonates born to moms with COVID-19 an infection between March and April 2020.

Solely two out of 101 newborns examined constructive for COVID-19 however even these infants had no scientific signs of COVID-19. These outcomes have been famous although a lot of the infants have been rooming-in with their COVID-positive moms and had direct breastfeeding. As a follow-up, the researchers continued to look at 55 of the infants for an additional two weeks and located that the infants continued to stay wholesome.

These findings counsel that separating newborns from their COVID-positive moms at beginning isn’t warranted and direct breastfeeding of the newborns seems to be protected. The researchers advocate that so long as primary infection-control measures are strictly adopted by moms and healthcare suppliers throughout childbirth and after, the newborns will stay shielded from the an infection.

An infection-preventing practices to cut back COVID-19 dangers in newborns

Because the outcomes of this examine present, taking strict precautions in opposition to COVID-19 transmission protects not solely the infants from getting contaminated but in addition the hospital employees who serve a number of sufferers. The next measures in opposition to COVID-19 transmission, taken by the hospital employees and moms included on this examine, are due to this fact proved to be efficient:

  • All sufferers with COVID-19 an infection got single-patient rooms. Newborns of those ladies have been positioned in isolettes (a transparent plastic enclosed crib that maintains a heat setting and isolates infants from germs and pathogens) no less than 180cm or six toes away from the mom. Newborns within the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) have been additionally positioned in such isolettes.
  • The hospital employees wore PPE, masks, and maintained social distancing whereas interacting with COVID-positive moms and newborns. Additionally they supplied the moms with academic supplies about COVID-19 and adopted all different hygiene practices whereas shifting from affected person to affected person.
  • The moms with COVID-19 needed to put on masks always. They have been additionally instructed to scrub their fingers and breasts with cleaning soap and water earlier than initiating contact with the newborns. All moms have been inspired to breastfeed immediately and keep skin-to-skin contact whereas following these measures.
  • Solely an asymptomatic assist/guardian/guardian was allowed to go to the mom and new child throughout labour and childbirth. Whereas the COVID-19-positive mom wasn’t allowed into the NICU till the newborn was discharged, a guardian or guardian was allowed to go to so long as they have been asymptomatic.
  • All employees, sufferers, newborns and guests have been screened for key signs of COVID-19 each 12 hours. These signs embody temperature above 37.eight levels Celsius, fever, cough, sore throat, shortness of breath, myalgia, fatigue, diarrhea, lack of scent, and lack of style.

For extra info, learn our article on COVID-19 precautions for infants and infants. 

At The Press Reporter, researchers and journalists work with medical doctors to deliver you info on all issues well being.

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