Infections happen when the body is invaded by microorganisms like bacteria and viruses. In pregnancy, infections are especially of concern because they may affect both the mother and the fetus.

Types of Childhood Infections

You've gotten through your pregnancy, dealt with given birth, and now your child has an infection. Below is a guide to the symptoms, treatment and commons questions relating to infections that may occur during childhood: ... read more »

Parvovirus B19 Infection During Pregnancy

Parvovirus B19 infection during pregnancy can affect the fetus and can lead to hydrops. ... read more »

Measles (Rubeola) Infection During Pregnancy

Measles (also known as Rubeola) is a viral disease that usually produces fever, cough, conjunctivitis and a red, bumpy rash, and a rash ("Koplik's spots") inside the cheeks. ... read more »

Herpes Before Pregnancy

Mothers with recurrent genital herpes, herpes that they had before pregnancy, are less likely to transmit herpes to their babies during delivery. ... read more »

Toxoplasmosis: Infection by Trimesters

During which trimester is infection worse? ... read more »

HPV and Infertility

Is there a link between HPV and infertlity? ... read more »

Effects of Untreated Chlamydia Infection

What are the effects of an untreated chlamydia infection? ... read more »

Toxoplasmosis - Risk Factors

What are the risk factors for becoming infected with toxoplasmosis? ... read more »

Shingles Infection from Husband

Can I get infected with shingles from my husband? ... read more »

Fifth Disease Exposure

Is Fifth Disease exposure a problem in pregnancy? ... read more »

Hepatitis A Vaccination

Hepatitis A vaccine is a Pregnancy Category C medication. Animal reproduction studies have not been conducted with it and it's also not known whether it can cause fetal harm when administered to a pregnant woman or if it can affect reproductive capacity. ... read more »

Chlamydia - Diagnosis

A chlamydia infection is caused by Chlamydia trachomatis bacteria. It is the most common sexually transmitted disease (STD) in the U.S. ... read more »

Herpes Prevention

How to prevent herpes spread during pregnancy. ... read more »

Herpes on the Lip

Is a herpes lesion on my lip a problem? ... read more »

HIV Infection Transmission From Man To Woman

HIV is sexually transmitted. That means that a woman can become HIV infected if she is exposed to secretions like the ejaculate and sperm from an HIV positive man. ... read more »

STD Treatment Guidelines

How to treat STDs ... read more »

Toxoplamosis In Pregnancy

Toxoplasmosis is an infection that is caused by contact with a microscopic parasitic organism called Toxoplasma gondii. When contracted by a pregnant woman, it can pose a serious risk to her unborn baby. ... read more »

Cytomegalovirus (CMV) Infection

CMV stands for Cytomegalovirus, which is a DNA herpesvirus that infects up to 85% of all people in the United States at some point in their lives. ... read more »

Strep Throat

Strep throat is one of the most common childhood illnesses. Small white patches appear on one or both sides of the throat and a fever abruptly starts. ... read more »

Whooping Cough (Pertussis)

When the B. pertussis bacterium infect the lungs of a child, the result is a severe cough and whopping sound when breathing. Whooping cough can cause death. ... read more »

Childhood Infection: Croup

Croup is a condition that most often affects children between 6 months and 3 years of age. The upper airways become inflamed and your child develop hoarseness and a cough. ... read more »

Impetigo

Impetigo is an infection of the skin caused by bacteria known as strep (streptococcus) or staph (staphylococcus). MRSA, methicillin-resistant staph aureus, is also known to cause impetigo. ... read more »

Meningitis

An inflammation of the protective outer lining of the brain and spinal cord is called meningitis. The majority of cases are brought about by viruses or bacteria, although it can be associated with types of illness or medications. ... read more »

Reye's Syndrome

Reye's Syndrome is not an infection; rather, it is an illness that affects some children after a viral infection. Clinical studies have linked Reye's Syndrome with aspirin. ... read more »

Scarlet Fever

Scarlet fever is caused by the same strep infection that causes strep throat. Streptococcus releases a toxin into the body. Skin infections caused by strep bacteria, like impetigo, may also cause scarlet fever. ... read more »

Childhood Infection: Rotavirus

Rotavirus is a common childhood infection that nearly all children suffer from before the age of 5. ... read more »

Mumps

Mumps is a viral infection spread from one child to another via saliva (spit). The main area affected by mumps are the parotid salivary glands. These glands are located behind the cheeks. ... read more »

Rotavirus Infection during Pregnancy

Rotavirus is a common childhood infection that can also affect women during pregnancy. ... read more »

Respiratory Syncytial Virus (RSV) Infection and Pregnancy

RSV infects the breathing passages and lungs in small children and infants. Since infants and small children have not yet built up enough immunity the condition may worsen and lead to other illnesses. ... read more »

Ringworm During Pregnancy

Ringworm infections can occur during pregnancy and may appear to look like large pimples on the skin. Skin may appear red and flaky, and be extremely itchy. ... read more »

Lyme Disease and Children

Lyme disease is caused by the black-legged tick. Ticks are more predominant in spring, summer and fall months, but children can contract the disease any time of year. ... read more »

Seasonal Influenza (Flu) in Children

Every Fall, doctors suggest children and at-risk adults receive a seasonal flu vaccination. The vaccination can prevent the flu or curb the intensity of a flu infection. ... read more »

Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus Aureus (MRSA)

MRSA stands for methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus. This means the bacteria that causes MRSA is resistant to common antibiotics. ... read more »

Kawasaki Disease

Kawasaki Disease is a rare condition with no known cause. Some doctors and experts believe the condition is an auto-immune disorder, but there is no clinical proof the condition starts in the immune system. ... read more »

Pink Eye (Conjunctivitis)

Conjunctivitis or pink eye is one of the most common childhood infections that can be contracted by touch and sharing towels, wash cloths and bedding. ... read more »

Gonorrhea During Pregnancy

Gonorrhea is a serious bacterial infection that may be passed from one partner to the other during sexual contact. Sexual contact includes oral, anal and genital sex. ... read more »

Bladder Infections: Diagnosis and Treatment

A bladder infection occurs when bacterium from the area surrounding the urethra invades the bladder. Bladder infections are relatively common and can be treated with a course of antibiotics. ... read more »

Recurrent Bladder Infections

If the urine culture is negative after treatment, but symptoms persist, additional testing to determine the cause of symptoms will likely be ordered. ... read more »

Bladder Infection During Pregnancy

Pregnant women may be more susceptible to urinary tract infections and bladder infections. ... read more »

Pyelonephritis During Pregnancy

is an infection of the uppermost section of the urinary tract. The condition is more common in women with asymptomatic urinary tract or bladder infection. ... read more »

Chlamydia During Pregnancy

Chlamydia is a sexually transmitted infection. The risk of passing chlamydia to an infant when the infant comes in contact with the birth canal is about 20- to 40-percent. ... read more »

Bladder Infections: Overview, Causes and Symptoms

A bladder infection is a type of urinary tract infection that affects both men and women. ... read more »

Epstein-Barr Virus and Pregnancy

The Epstein-Barr virus (EPV) is a common viral infection. It is estimated that 95% of people between the ages of 35 and 40 have come in contact with the virus at least once. ... read more »

Yeast Infections and Pregnancy

Yeast infections are more common during pregnancy due to hormonal changes, specifically increased estrogen which sparks glycogen production. ... read more »

Brucellosis and Pregnancy

Brucellosis is one of the rarest bacterial infections reported in pregnancy. Infection requires coming in contact with animals, animal meat or animal milk infected with the brucellosis bacteria. ... read more »

Pregnancy and Shingles

If you develop shingles while you are pregnant, your baby will not be affected. This is because your body already contains the necessary antibodies to protect your baby from the virus. ... read more »

Cytomegalovirus Risk During Pregnancy

Congenital cytomegalovirus CMV infection affects about 0.2-2.5% of babies worldwide.  ... read more »

Campylobacter Infection During Pregnancy

Campylobacter infections during pregnancy, infections with an organism called campylobacter jejuni, are the #1 cause of foodborne gastroenteritis aka food poisoning in the United States and other developed countries. According to the World Health Organization (WHO),   ... read more »

What Is Toxoplasmosis?

Toxoplasmosis is an infection that is caused by contact with a microscopic parasitic organism called Toxoplasma gondii. When contracted by a pregnant woman, it can pose a serious risk to her baby. ... read more »

Alleviating Cold And Flu Symptoms in Pregnancy

Cough, cold and flu symptoms are common in pregnancy. Can you take cold medicine to help alleviate symptoms or should you just tough it out? Which medications should you avoid? ... read more »

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