We still have a lot to learn about the hazards of COVID-19 for neonates of COVID-19 patients, however, we do know the following:
Although the absolute risks are low, pregnant or recently pregnant women are more likely than non-pregnant women to become extremely ill with COVID-19. COVID-19 infection during pregnancy increases the chances of giving birth prematurely and having a stillbirth.
COVID-19 is not present in the majority of neonates whose mothers have COVID-19 during pregnancy.
COVID-19 has been found in certain babies shortly after delivery. We don’t know if the virus infected these babies before, during, or after they were born.
The majority of neonates who tested positive for COVID-19 had minor or no symptoms and were able to recover. According to reports, some neonates acquired serious COVID-19 infection.
If you have COVID-19, caring for your newborn in the hospital is a challenge.
According to current information, the chances of a newborn contracting COVID-19 from their birth parent are slim, especially if the parent takes precautions (such as wearing a mask and washing hands) to prevent the virus from spreading before and during the newborn’s care.
Make a decision on whether or not your newborn will be sharing a room with you in the hospital.
Discuss the dangers and benefits of keeping your newborn in the same room with you with your healthcare professional. Keeping your newborn in the same room as you make nursing simpler and promotes parent-newborn connection.
If your newborn is staying with you in the hospital, take extra care.
If you are in COVID-19 isolation and sharing a room with your infant, take the following precautions to decrease the risk of the virus transmitting to your baby:
Before handling or caring for your infant, wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Use a hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol if soap and water aren’t accessible.
When you’re within 6 feet of your newborn, put on a mask.
As much as possible, keep your newborn at least 6 feet away from you.
While in the hospital, talk to your healthcare practitioner about ways to safeguard your newborn, such as using a physical barrier (such as placing the newborn in an incubator).
You should still wash your hands before caring for your newborn once your isolation time has ended, but you do not need to take additional measures. After your isolation time is up, you are unlikely to spread the virus to your newborn or any other close contact.
If you have symptoms, your isolation period ends after the following: 10 days after the onset of symptoms, 24 hours without a fever and without the use of fever-reducing drugs, and
Other COVID-19 symptoms are improving.
If you have no symptoms before testing positive for COVID-19, your isolation period will terminate after 10 days.
If you have a highly impaired immune system or were severely unwell with COVID-19, these timelines do not apply to you. Please refer to “When you can be around others after you’ve had or are expected to have COVID-19” for further information on when it’s safe to terminate your isolation time.
If you have COVID-19, you can care for your newborn at home.
Take the following measures until your COVID-19 isolation period is over if you are in isolation for COVID-19:
Stay at home to isolate oneself from the rest of the world.
Isolate (avoid contact with) non-infected family members and wear a mask in public areas.
Provide care for your infant to a healthy caregiver who is completely vaccinated and not at a higher risk of serious disease (see recommendations below).
If you need to care for your newborn before your isolation time is through, take the required measures.
Healthy caregivers should take the following precautions when caring for newborns:
Before touching your newborn, caregivers should wash their hands for at least 20 seconds. They should use a hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol if soap and water are not available.
If the caregiver lives in the same house as you or has had close contact with you and has not yet received full COVID-19 vaccination, they may have been exposed.
People who have had intimate contact with someone infected with COVID-19 should be tested for the virus:
People who have been fully immunized should be evaluated 5–7 days following their last exposure.
When people who have not been properly vaccinated learn that they have close contact, they should get tested as away. If their test is negative, they should be tested again 5–7 days following their last exposure, or as soon as symptoms appear.
Self-tests are one of the numerous alternatives for diagnosing the virus that causes COVID-19, and they may be more convenient than laboratory-based or point-of-care tests. If you need assistance understanding your test findings, contact your healthcare provider or your local health agency.
They should wear a mask whenever they are within 6 feet of your newborn for the duration of your isolation, as well as during their own quarantine once you’ve finished.
COVID-19 and Breastfeeding
Breast milk, according to current evidence, is unlikely to pass the virus to babies.
People who are pregnant, breastfeeding, attempting to get pregnant now, or who may become pregnant in the future should get the COVID-19 vaccine. Additionally, everyone who is eligible for a booster shot, including those who are pregnant, breastfeeding, attempting to get pregnant now, or who may get pregnant in the future, should obtain one. Even if you don’t have COVID-19, you should always wash your hands with soap and water for 20 seconds before breastfeeding or expressing breast milk. Use a hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol if soap and water aren’t accessible.
If you have COVID-19 and decide to breastfeed, keep the following in mind:
Before breastfeeding, wash your hands.
When you’re breastfeeding or within 6 feet of your baby, wear a mask.
If you have COVID-19 and decide to express breast milk, follow these steps:
If at all feasible, use your own breast pump (one that is not shared with anyone else).
When expressing breast milk, wear a mask.
Before touching any pump or bottle parts, or expressing breast milk, wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
After each usage, clean the pump according to the manufacturer’s instructions. All elements of the pump that come into contact with breast milk should be thoroughly cleaned.
Consider having the baby be fed the expressed breast milk by a healthy caregiver. The caregiver should be completely immunized (at least two weeks after the second dose of a two-dose vaccine or two weeks after a one-dose vaccine) and not be at an increased risk of COVID-19-related severe illness. If the caregiver lives in the same house as you or has had close contact with you and has not yet received full COVID-19 vaccination, they may have been exposed.
5–7 days after their last exposure, people who have been fully immunized should be assessed.
People who have not been properly vaccinated should be examined as soon as they realize that they have a close contact. If their test is negative, they should be tested again 5–7 days later, or as soon as symptoms emerge.
Any caregiver feeding the infant should wear a mask for the duration of your isolation and for the duration of their own quarantine period after you leave isolation.
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