Childhood Diseases

Question
Posted by: Natz | 2011-02-21

Q.

Very worried

Ive been told by my doc that I have a viral infection:possibly encephalitis. Have had blood tests. Its a week later and Im already much better, seems to have been VERY mild.

Can my 11 month old baby girl pick this up from me?? If so what can I do t prevent it?

Expert's Reply

A.

Paediatrician

Encephalits is a viral infection and can be transmitted from mother to baby by contact. It would be best to still regard yourself as being infectious for 7 to 10 days after your symptoms have completely disappeared. The most important form of prevention is to wash your hands carefully with soap and water before touching your baby.

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Posted by: Celeste Wilkins | 2011-02-21

My cousin''s 2 kids have it and she seems to have it too. We were there and neither of us got it (I hope)
Perhaps try not kiss her too much, breathe over her, etc. I know it''s dificult.
But I''m not an expert.
I posted a question about this myself earlier.

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