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Have polio since a kid, want to know about treatment to avoid passing it to the child

Hi.. My friend has polio attached at her small age (within 10 years) in right leg. Now she is 26 and is about to get married. They checked with doctors and they told there is no treatment for it. Now she is worried whether it will affect her child once she gets pregent after she get married. Is there any treatment to avoid it carrying it to the child?
Thu, 14 Jun 2012
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General & Family Physician 's  Response
Hi Arun,

There is no such thing like maternal to fetal transmission of the poliovirus. Your friend can conceive without any fear of transmission to the baby.

I hope it is clear to you.

My best wishes to your friend.

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General & Family Physician Dr. Aparna Kohli's  Response
Hi Arun,
Thanks for writing in.
Polio will not be transmitted to your friend's child because it is not a condition which runs in families. It is acquired from the environment in children. I would suggest that your friend takes all steps to ensure that her child is immunized against polio. This would involve giving the oral polio vaccine at birth, 6 weeks, 10 weeks and 14 weeks. The child must also receive polio drops at every camp that is held by the government.
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General & Family Physician Dr. Gyan Prakash's  Response
hi.welcome to healthcaremagic forum.polio in past not transmitted to child. there is no need to worry. polio transmit through feco oral route in active infection state.thanks
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General & Family Physician Dr. Veera Raghava Rao Buddha.'s  Response
Hi welcome to HCMForum. polio myelitis is a contageous disease infect only below the age of five.
the infected person is not infectious in her adult age. so if she carries also not infectious to her
children. now polio is completely eradicated except some sporadic cases. but the child born should be
given oral polio vaccine to prevent the polio. thank you.
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