Hello ! Im Father - Aim Waiting For My Kid
Im father - aim waiting for my kid but i m worried CMV Cytomegalovirus Infection transmisija to my child !
I keep good hygiene - and have read a lot of literature !
Question about Perinatal CMV - that is transmited after baby delivery - if Perinatal CMV infection have no symptoms even it is transmited , there is no risk for children health ?
Babies with CMV that is passed along during birth or through breastmilk (perinatal CMV) may not have symptoms. Signs and symptoms are usually seen only in very premature or sick newborns between 3 weeks and 6 months of age. They may include:
Perinatal CMV infection is acquired by exposure to infected cervical secretions, breast milk, or blood products. Maternal antibody is thought to be protective, and most exposed term infants are asymptomatic or not infected. In contrast, preterm infants (who lack antibody to CMV) can develop serious infection or can die, particularly when transfused with CMV-positive blood. Efforts should be made to transfuse these infants with only CMV-negative blood or components or to use blood that has been filtered to remove leukocytes, which carry CMV. Such leukoreduced blood is considered by many experts to be CMV safe.
he has not done !
as she has no symptoms !
doctor did not recommend !
Should she done test ?
Hi. Good day. Thank you for writing to health care magic
Cytomegalovirus infection(CMV) is a viral infection which as you know can cause congenital infections( infections from birth).Usually our immune system can fight this infection but if we are immunocompromised there are more chances of developing symptoms and complications.
Symptoms even if they occur are usually vague like fever , sore throat, body aches, generalized weakness. Only if severe can lead to chest infections or liver infections.
As far as the child is concerned , the baby can be asymptomatic or have low birth weight, some kind of jaundice or chest infection or he may be normal at birth and present with problems later.
As regarding tests of CMV, we diagnose it by doing a simple blood test to find if it is positive or negative.
If the mother is positive then the doctor does tests for the baby by doing ultrasound or checking the fluid( amniocentesis).
Most pregnant females already have antibody against CMV, so they usually do not have any problem.
Usually routinely we do not test all pregnant women for CMV unless there is high index for suspicion.
However if she has a history of exposure to recent CMV infection or any evidence or suspicion of CMV infection then she must discuss with her treating doctor , get herself thoroughly examined and further investigated .
Hope your doubt is adequately answered. If anything you can write back.