Another Good Reason For Expectant Moms to Remain Obsessed With Handwashing

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7/28/2021 5:35:00 PM

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If nothing else, 2020 taught us a thing or two about preventing the spread of germs. As we begin to navigate normal life, there's another strong case to remain

CMV often doesn't show symptoms in young children (and is usually asymptomatic in adults), or will present as a common cold or flu, and is generally harmless in healthy children and adults. In fact, according to the National CMV Foundation,one in three 5-year-olds is already infected

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. But babies in utero are most vulnerable, as viral transmission can lead to birth defects like hearing loss, developmental disabilities, or microcephaly.CMV is most commonly transferred through saliva. So, if you're a pregnant mom with a germ-prone tot in tow, reduce your risk by avoiding contact with their saliva and taking basic hygiene very seriously. This includes fastidious handwashing, particularly after wiping your child's nose or face, changing their diapers, feeding them, or handling their toys. Other considerations? Don't share your toothbrush, put your child's pacifier in your own mouth, or share food, drinks, or utensils.

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