When a woman suffers infections during pregnancy, even mild, these can have serious consequences for your baby. And is that at the time of delivery, bacteria found in the vaginal tract of the mother can be transmitted to the baby when it comes into contact with the maternal bacterial flora.
23.4% of newborn deaths worldwide are due to neonatal infections, such as sepsis -infection in the blood-, pneumonia or meningitis. The transmission of pathogens to the baby can occur both during birth and before birth, if the bacteria cross the placenta and infect the baby. amniotic fluid.
In a study that has reviewed the data of 67 scientific studies, and whose conclusions have been published in 'PLOS Medicine', it has been found that when the mother is infected increases up to seven times the risk of your baby suffering a neonatal infection.
When the mother is infected increases up to seven times the risk of your baby suffering a neonatal infection
The authors of the study point out that the study has an important impact at the level of health policy because establishing intrapartum antibiotic prophylaxis would contribute to reducing the incidence of infections in the newborn acquired through the mother. In fact, they add, in the developed countries protocols are already available that indicate the way to act in case of situations of risk such as premature birth.
However, in disadvantaged countries located in areas such as Southeast Asia or Africa between 22.5 and 27.2 percent of deaths in newborns are due to sepsis, a rate that drops to between 9.1 and 15.3 percent in Europe.