Cytomegalovirus, or CMV, is the leading congenital viral infection in the United States. It affects about one in 150 births in the U.S., according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. More children have disabilities relating to CMV than other, better-known conditions, including Down Syndrome, pediatric HIV/AIDS, and spina bidifda. The good news is that congenital CMV is preventable with a few steps.
Moms-to-be should pay close attention to germ prevention. They should wash their hands frequently with soap and water for about 15 to 20 seconds. Many pregnant women pick up CMV via contacts with kids’ saliva or urine, especially if they are already mothers or work in schools. Report symptoms of CMV infection, such as fever, fatigue, and aches, to the doctor right away. Babies born to mothers with CMV can experience developmental difficulties, so reacting to expected infections quickly is important.
The Level III NICU at Sunrise Children’s Hospital in Las Vegas is available to treat babies born with CMV infections or any other medical emergency. Call our pediatric hospital at (702) 731-5437 to get answers to your questions about our Mother & Baby services and more.