is an infection caused by a virus. If a pregnant woman has it, she can pass it to her baby. This can lead to defects,
miscarriage, or stillbirth. Congenital rubella syndrome (CRS) is the name for these health problems.
You will be asked about your child's symptoms and health history. A physical exam will be done.
Your child may have:
Blood tests—to look for recent infection
Imaging tests—to look for problems in the brain
Treatment will depend on the results of the infection. Certain eye and heart problems may be treated with surgery shortly after birth. There are programs that can help babies with hearing loss, eyesight problems, or intellectual problems. Talk with your doctor about the best way to treat your child.
If a mother gets a rubella shot, it can prevent CRS. Women can also be checked for immunity at premarital, preconception, or pregnancy exams.
Babies with CRS can spread the infection. People taking care of your child should be vaccinated.
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