Baby appear to be more vulnerable to becoming severely ill with the virus because Immune System is not strong enough.
An infant’s immune system doesn’t mature until around 2 to 3 months. In those first few months, the immune system — especially cell-mediated immunity — becomes more developed. This is very important in helping a child fight off viruses. This means that a 2-week-old baby’s immune system can’t fight viruses or bacteria nearly as well as a 3-month-old infant’s can.
Premature babies also are at increased risk of serious complications from virus.
What are signs and symptoms that your baby has the virus?
If your baby has any of these signs and symptoms, call his health care provider right away or take him to see his provider:
Being very tired or sleepy (also called fatigue) Cough Fever (100 F or above), chills or body shakes. Headache, or muscle or body aches Runny or stuffy nose Sore throat Vomiting (throwing up) or diarrhea
If your baby has any of these signs or symptoms, take her to a hospital emergency room:
Being so fussy that she doesn’t want to be held Bluish color of lips or face Chronic health conditions, like asthma, get worse Fast breathing, trouble breathing, chest pain or ribs pulling in with each breath Fever in a baby younger than 12 weeks old, fever above 104 F in older babies or children, or fever with a rash Fever or cough that gets better but then returns and gets worse Having seizures. A seizure is when the whole body or parts of the body move without control. Not drinking enough fluids or not making as much urine as she normally does. If your baby doesn’t make urine for 8 hours, has a dry mouth or doesn’t make tears when crying, she may be dehydrated. Not waking up, or not being alert or interacting with you when she is awake Severe muscle pain. It may be so severe your child can’t walk. Vomiting (throwing up) that’s severe or doesn’t stop
How to help prevent the virus from spreading?
Go to the hospital as soon as possible. Don’t kiss your baby and avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth. Teach your child to cough or sneeze into a tissue or his arm. Throw used tissues in the trash. Wash your hands with soap and water before and after caring for your baby. Use enough hand sanitizer so that it takes at least 15 seconds for your hands to dry. Clean surfaces and toys that may have the virus on them. Use hot, soapy water or a dishwasher to clean your baby’s dishes and utensils. Don’t share any of your baby’s dishes, glasses, utensils or his toothbrush.
A 9-month-old baby is the youngest known patient infected with the deadly coronavirus sweeping across China, according to a report.
The baby girl was among the 68 coronavirus cases detected in Beijing since the illness emerged last month in the city of Wuhan, CNN reported.
In Australia, an eight-year-old boy, who is Chinese and from the virus epicentre of Wuhan, has been confirmed as Queensland's third case of coronavirus. The boy is the first child in Australia confirmed to have coronavirus. He was travelling in the same tour group as 2 people who have been confirmed as Queensland's other cases of coronavirus.
Mother to child transmission
A pregnant woman infected with a coronavirus that originated from Wuhan gave birth to a healthy baby girl with helped of doctors in a hospital in Harbin, capital of north-east China's Heilongjiang province in 30 Jan 2020, according to the Harbin Municipal Health Commission.
According to the hospital, the baby weighed 3.05kg and was given a 10 Apgar score at birth (An Apgar score summarises the health of a baby minutes after birth. Scores of 7 and above are generally normal)
After several days of medical quarantine and observation, both the baby and her mother are in stable condition now. The baby tested negative for the coronavirus two consecutive times.