The study suggests that severe COVID-19 infection in newborns is rare

According to a recent study, it was found that in Newborns severe COVID-19 rarely appears.

The study, published in The Lancet Child and Youth healthchased everyone Babies who were less than 29 days old and need to be hospitalized across the UK due to COVID-19.

This British analysis is led by researchers from Imperial College London and the Nuffield Department of Population Health at the University of Oxford and is the first analysis to be analyzed COVID-19 infections in newborns across the UK.

The analysis that was funded by the National Institute for Health Researchtracked these babies with COVID-19 between early March and late April at the height of the UK’s first wave of COVID-19 pandemic. Babies were tracked using a national system called the British Pediatric Surveillance Unit, to which all pediatricians in the UK contribute.

The study found that 66 babies had to be hospitalized for COVID-19 infection during this period. This corresponds to 1 in 1,785 births or 0.06 percent of the births. Almost half (45 percent) of babies who developed a severe infection were from black, Asian, or ethnic minorities. About one in four babies (24 percent) was born prematurely (defined as born before 37 weeks). These are both higher than expected by the UK birth population.

Of the 66 newborns in the study, only 17 babies were thought to have developed COVID-19 from their mother in the first seven days after birth. Seven of these 17 babies developed COVID-19 despite being separated from their mother immediately after birth. This supports UK and international guidelines on keeping mother and child together even when the mother is suspected or known to have COVID-19, the team said. Six babies in the hospital were thought to have developed COVID-19.

None of the babies in the group died of COVID-19 (although one baby unfortunately died, it was not linked to COVID-19 infection). When the data was analyzed, nearly 90 percent of the babies had fully recovered from the infection and had been discharged from the hospital.

The study suggests that a higher proportion of newborns with this serious illness compared to older children (13 percent) need intensive care or breathing assistance (36 percent). However, the study’s authors add that serious infections in newborns are still very rare.

The researchers add that overall this study suggests that a small proportion of babies caught COVID-19 from their mother. With this in mind, they explain that if a mother tests positive for COVID-19, there is no need to separate her baby from her at birth. They add that seven babies who were separated from their mother at birth in the current study are still infected with the virus.

DR Chris Gale, Co-lead author of the Imperial School of Public Health study, said, “Parents and parents-to-be are understandably concerned about their babies developing COVID-19. Hopefully this study will provide some reassurance as it anticipates severe COVID-19. Infection in newborns is very rare. Most babies will only develop mild symptoms after they are infected with the virus and make full recovery. This study also supports UK and international guidelines on keeping mother and child together, even if known or it is suspected that the mother has COVID-19. ”

Dr. Gale added, “Although this study showed that six babies may have had hospital-acquired COVID-19, that data comes from the onset of the pandemic, and infection control measures in newborns and children have grown dramatically over the past six months improved. ”

The team said an urgent investigation is needed to understand why so many of the babies hospitalized with severe COVID-19 are from black, Asian, or ethnic minorities.

Professor Jenny Kurinczuk, co-lead author of the Nuffield Department of Population Health at Oxford University, said, “As in our recent study of pregnant women with COVID-19 and the general population, we found a higher than expected number of babies originated from black, Asian and ethnic minorities, which clearly needs further investigation, but in the meantime parents can find reassurance that severe COVID-19 infection was rare in babies even in the first wave of the pandemic from the BAME community. ”

The study found that 17 of the babies were suspected of getting the infection from their mother, with two of those babies possibly developing COVID-19 while in the womb.

The main symptoms of COVID-19 infection in the babies during the study were high temperature, poor diet, vomiting, runny nose, cough, and lethargy.

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