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Can children get chlamydia?

Angela Lowery
Family Medicine
Children can get chlamydia from infected mother during the birthing process. Babies born to infected mothers can get chlamydia infection in their eyes and respiratory tract. Chlamydia is the leading cause of pink eye and pneumonia in newborn babies.

It's possible for children to get chlamydia if their mothers are infected while they're pregnant. Mothers usually pass the infection on to their babies during birth as the baby passes through the birth canal. Babies usually develop the infection in the eyes or respiratory tract. If it goes untreated, chlamydia may lead to pneumonia, severe eye infections, and potentially blindness. Because of this, it's important for pregnant women to be tested and treated for chlamydia before the baby is born.

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