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How do I care for a newborn with listeriosis?

Pregnant women with listeriosis run the risk of having their babies infected with the condition. If the infection spreads from mother to child, often the child will not survive birth; if the newborn survives, they will need prompt care for listeriosis. If you are a new mother caring for a newborn with listeriosis, make sure the child gets immediate antibiotic treatment. Once your child has stabilized, they may still experience neurological or developmental damage into the future as a result of this illness, so you'll want to ready yourself emotionally for the challenges you may face as your child grows.

Listeriosis is a serious infection in the newborn that has been passed to the baby from the mother.  It requires intravenous antibiotic treatment (with ampicillin) to eradicate the bacteria.  Once the baby has recovered the infection normally does not recur.

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