|Spread of Syphilis During Pregnancy|
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- Does not receive prenatal care
- Abuses drugs before or during pregnancy
- Is involved in prostitution
- Has unprotected sex
- Rash around the mouth, anus, genitals
- Poor weight gain (failure to thrive)
- Difficulty feeding
- Severe pneumonia
- Deformities of the nose, upper arm, shins
- Tooth abnormalities
- Neurological problems
- Blood tests of the mother and the baby to identify the presence of syphilis
- Tests on the placenta
- Spinal tap to look for the presence of syphilis in the spinal fluid
- Eye exam
- Bone x-rays
- Practice safer sex.
- If you become pregnant, get good prenatal care throughout pregnancy.
- If you think you may have a sexually transmitted disease, get tested. Follow through on all your doctor’s recommendations.
- Take your baby to all newborn and well-child checks. Follow your doctors recommendations for screening tests and immunizations.
Centers for Disease Control http://www.cdc.gov/
National Institute for Allergy and Infectious Disease, National Institutes of Health http://www.niaid.nih.gov/
Caring for Kids The Canadian Paediatric Society http://www.caringforkids.cps.ca
Health Canada http://www.hc-sc.gc.ca
Congenital syphilis. EBSCO DynaMed website. Available at: http://www.ebscohost.com/dynamed/what.php . October 24, 2011. Accessed August 17, 2012.
Congenital Syphillis treatment guidelines. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Available at: http://www.cdc.gov/std/treatment/2006/congenital-syphilis.htm . Accessed August 17, 2012.
Syphillis CDC fact sheet. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Available at: http://www.cdc.gov/std/syphilis/STDFact-Syphilis.htm . Accessed August 17, 2012.
Gershon AA, Hotez PJ, Katz SL, eds. Krugman’s Infectious Diseases of Children . St. Louis, MO: Mosby, Inc; 2004: 574-588.
- Reviewer: Michael Woods, MD
- Review Date: 09/2012 -
- Update Date: 00/92/2012 -