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Can children get chlamydia?

Dr. Jeanne Morrison, PhD
Family Practitioner

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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