Just in: For the first time, baby born with DENGUE passed on from the mother!
For the first few weeks, your newborn will be inside the house and hardly go out. Follow these tips to prevent dengue in your newborn.
In a rare case that took the medical community by surprise, a 36-year-old Mumbai woman gave birth to a healthy baby, who was diagnosed the next day with dengue.
The woman started having fever and abdominal pain in her 37th week of pregnancy. While doctors checked and ruled out an early labour, they found out that the unborn baby’s heart rate was increasing. She was taken in for a cesarean delivery and gave birth to a healthy baby.
While there were no symptoms of fever or dengue at the time of birth, the baby, who weighed a good 2.91 kg, developed fever the next day. This is when the mother’s diagnosis also came back as a positive case of dengue.
Doctors established the connection and said that the dengue fever had passed on to the baby from the mother while still in the womb, through the placenta.
The reason they were sure the baby did not get infected after birth was because once the dengue virus strikes, it takes at least three to ten days for the symptoms to first appear. In this case, the symptoms were already there from the second day, and the mother also tested positive for dengue.
Drop in platelet can be fatal
According to experts, dengue that affects a baby before or just after birth can have very dangerous effects on health and life. It requires immediate and constant medical attention, as otherwise, it can lead to bleeding complications that can also be fatal.
The trauma at the time of birth, together with the infection from dengue, can pose serious threats such as excessive bleeding and shock.
Spotting the first signs
One of the first signs of dengue is fever and rash, which may persist for a week or more. The fever could be mild or high, but will persist.
Here are some more signs that your baby might have:
- Being irritable, crying more than usual
- Rash or rashes on the body
- Difficulty in sleeping
- Difficulty in breastfeeding
- Bleeding from the gums or nose
- Bruising spots on the body
If you notice any of the above signs in your baby, or if the fever persists for more than two days, immediately get in touch with your baby’s paediatrician.
How to protect your newborn from dengue
For the first few weeks, your newborn will be inside the house and hardly go out. Here are a few tips that can help you prevent dengue in your newborn.
- Keep the windows shut at all times, and use a protective screen for ventilation.
- Use a mosquito net.
- If possible, switch on the AC as mosquitoes are less active in an air-conditioned environment.
- Keep your baby fully clothed with the arms and legs covered.
- The clothes should be light coloured, as mosquitoes are attracted towards dark coloured clothes.
- Remove any houseplants from baby’s room or immediate vicinity.
- Clear out any stagnant water that may be present in the house.