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What are the symptoms of syphilis in babies?

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You can pass syphilis on to your unborn child or to your baby during childbirth. Doctors call this congenital syphilis. If left untreated, there is a high risk of stillbirth and infant death.

Most babies born with syphilis have no symptoms. Some may have a rash on the palms of their hands or the soles of their feet. Eventually, babies can develop complications of many organs including:

See your child’s pediatrician right away if she develops an unusual discharge, sore, or rash near her groin.

  • Enlarged liver
  • Jaundice
  • Discharge from nose
  • Swollen glands
  • Bone abnormalities
  • Brain (neurological) problems

SOURCES:

Mayo Clinic: “Syphilis.”

CDC: “STDs Life Stages” and “STD Facts.”

Stanford Health Care: “Symptoms of Syphilis.”

Reviewed by Nayana Ambardekar on April 30, 2019

SOURCES:

Mayo Clinic: “Syphilis.”

CDC: “STDs Life Stages” and “STD Facts.”

Stanford Health Care: “Symptoms of Syphilis.”

Reviewed by Nayana Ambardekar on April 30, 2019

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