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How do I care for a newborn with listeriosis?

Diana Meeks
Diana Meeks on behalf of Sigma Nursing
Family Practitioner

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.

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