Congenital syphilis occurs when a baby is born already infected with the bacteria that cause
. Syphilis is a sexually transmitted disease caused by a type of bacteria called a spirochete. Syphilis is passed from a mother to her baby during pregnancy. This is a potentially serious condition that requires care from your doctor. If untreated, a baby with congenital syphilis can have problems throughout life.
Syphilis is a sexually transmitted disease caused by the spirochete bacteria called
. When a pregnant woman is infected with this bacteria, the bacteria may infect her baby either during pregnancy or birth.
A baby has an increased risk of developing congenital syphilis if the mother:
Doesn’t receive prenatal care
Abuses drugs before or during pregnancy
Is involved in prostitution
Has unprotected sex
If your baby experiences any of these symptoms, do not assume it is due to congenital syphilis. These symptoms may be caused by other, less serious health conditions. If your baby experiences any one of them, see your physician. Potential symptoms include:
Please be aware that this information is provided to supplement the care
provided by your physician. It is neither intended nor implied to be a
substitute for professional medical advice. CALL YOUR HEALTHCARE PROVIDER
IMMEDIATELY IF YOU THINK YOU MAY HAVE A MEDICAL EMERGENCY. Always seek the
advice of your physician or other qualified health provider prior to
starting any new treatment or with any questions you may have regarding a