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A Study Of Babies Born To COVID Positive Mothers

An observational cohort study was done including newborns, born to COVID positive mothers between March 2020 and May 2020 at 3 different hospitals in New York.

Mothers could practice skin-to-skin care and breastfed in the delivery room but had to wear surgical masks when near their neonate and practice proper hand hygiene before skin-to-skin contact, breastfeeding, and routine care.
Unless medically required, neonates were kept in the same room and were held by mothers for feeding after appropriate hand hygiene, breast cleansing, and placement of a surgical mask.
Neonates were tested for SARS-COV-2 with the help of RTPCR on nasopharyngeal swabs taken at 24 hours, 5-7 days, and 14 days of life and were clinically evaluated at 1 month of age.
Interpretation of results of studies- Data suggests that perinatal transmission of COVID-19 is unlikely to occur if correct hygiene precautions are taken and that allowing neonates to room in with their mothers and direct breastfeeding are safe procedures when paired with effective parental education of infant protective strategies.

References-
Clinical characteristics and intrauterine vertical transmission potential of COVID -19 infection in pregnant women: a retrospective review of medical records.
Lancet.2020; 395:809-815

Probable congenital SARS-CoV-2 infection in a neonate born to a woman with active SARS-CoV-2 infection.
CMAJ.2020;
Management of infants born to mothers with COVID-19 infection. AAP, 2020.

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