|Spread of Syphilis During Pregnancy|
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- Does not receive prenatal care
- Abuses drugs before or during pregnancy
- Is involved in prostitution
- Has unprotected sex
- Rash around the mouth, anus, and genitals
- Poor weight gain
- Difficulty feeding
- Deformities of the nose, upper arm, shins
- Tooth abnormalities
- Abdominal swelling
- Vision problems
- Hearing problems
- Blood tests of the mother and the baby
- Tests on the placenta
- Spinal tap to look for the presence of syphilis in the spinal fluid
- Practice safe sex.
- Get good prenatal care throughout pregnancy.
- If you think you may have a sexually transmitted disease, get tested. Follow through on all your doctor’s recommendations.
- Take your baby to all newborn and well-child check ups. Follow your doctor's recommendations for screening tests and immunizations.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention http://www.cdc.gov
National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases http://www.niaid.nih.gov
About Kids Health—The Hospital for Sick Children http://www.aboutkidshealth.ca
Health Canada http://www.hc-sc.gc.ca
Congenital syphilis. EBSCO DynaMed website. Available at: http://www.ebscohost.com/dynamed. Updated January 16, 2014. Accessed May 29, 2014.
Syphilis—CDC fact sheet. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Available at: http://www.cdc.gov/std/syphilis/STDFact-Syphilis.htm. Updated April 1, 2014. Accessed May 29, 2014.
- Reviewer: Kari Kassir, MD
- Review Date: 06/2015 -
- Update Date: 05/29/2014 -
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