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If I have hepatitis B, does my newborn need treatment?

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There’s no cure for hepatitis B. But if your newborn gets his first dose of the hepatitis B vaccine and another shot called hepatitis B immune globulin within 12 hours, he has better than a 90% chance of never getting the virus. All babies routinely get the first shot. But they get the immune globulin only if the mother has or is suspected of having HBV. The baby also needs two remaining doses of the vaccine over the next 6 months to get maximum protection.

You can safely breastfeed if you have hepatitis B.

From: Hepatitis and Pregnancy: What to Know WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

CDC: “Hepatitis A Questions and Answers for the Public,” “Hepatitis B FAQs for the Public,” “Protect Your Baby for Life: When a Pregnant Woman has Hepatitis B,” “Hepatitis C FAQs for the Public,”  “Hepatitis C Virus Infection Among Women Giving Birth -- Tennessee and United States, 2009-2014.”

Mayo Clinic: “Hepatitis A,” “Hepatitis C.”

Medscape: “Hepatitis in Pregnancy.”

UpToDate: “Patient education: Vaccination during pregnancy (Beyond the Basics).”

Canadian Family Physician: “Hepatitis A infection during pregnancy.”

The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists: “Hepatitis B and Hepatitis C in Pregnancy,” “Routine Tests During Pregnancy.”

Hepatitis B Foundation: “Pregnancy and Hepatitis B.”

Paediatrics Child Health: “Hepatitis C in Pregnancy.”

Clinical Liver Disease : “Viral Hepatitis and Liver Disease.”

Reviewed by Traci C. Johnson on September 05, 2017

SOURCES:

CDC: “Hepatitis A Questions and Answers for the Public,” “Hepatitis B FAQs for the Public,” “Protect Your Baby for Life: When a Pregnant Woman has Hepatitis B,” “Hepatitis C FAQs for the Public,”  “Hepatitis C Virus Infection Among Women Giving Birth -- Tennessee and United States, 2009-2014.”

Mayo Clinic: “Hepatitis A,” “Hepatitis C.”

Medscape: “Hepatitis in Pregnancy.”

UpToDate: “Patient education: Vaccination during pregnancy (Beyond the Basics).”

Canadian Family Physician: “Hepatitis A infection during pregnancy.”

The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists: “Hepatitis B and Hepatitis C in Pregnancy,” “Routine Tests During Pregnancy.”

Hepatitis B Foundation: “Pregnancy and Hepatitis B.”

Paediatrics Child Health: “Hepatitis C in Pregnancy.”

Clinical Liver Disease : “Viral Hepatitis and Liver Disease.”

Reviewed by Traci C. Johnson on September 05, 2017

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