Childhood Diseases

Posted by: worried from Cape Town | 2011/08/30


Nanny with TB

My nanny just told me her 18 month old child has TB of the chest. She is symptom free but what is the chance that my 4 month old baby can get it from her?


Expert's Reply



It is important to establish that your Nanny is indeed free of TB. She must be tested at the nearest TB clinic.Your baby has had the BCG immunisation but this does not offer complete protection when exposed to a person carrying TB. It is essential to know about your Nanny.

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Posted by: Star | 2011/09/01

Just for interest sake, my nanny was diagnosed with TB last year and I did some research because I was 9wks preg and she was looking after my 9 y old twins. Apparently we all have TB it is just not activated, when symptoms start, it is treatable. She has just returned after completing her course of meds and recovered well. Me, baby and twins were also fine. The symptoms are noticable so if you suspect anything thing, have her tested and started om the meds. She will however not be able to work during that time. The symptoms she had was flulike, to us, becoming very slow and loosing weight, also started coughing blood.

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