Hepatitis C
Nursing Care of a Baby whose Mother is HCV Positive

 

Authorised by:
Charge Nurse Newborn
October 2009
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Nursing Care of Baby

Step

Action

1

Standard precautions.

2

Gloves worn for all cares where contact with body fluid is anticipated.

3

Babies greater than 32 weeks gestation if condition stable, are to be bathed on admission. Vitamin K after bath.

4

Baby can have mother's breast milk provided the mother does not have co-infection (e.g. with HIV) or severe liver failure but Doctor/NS-ANP need to discuss (and document) with mother the theoretical risks.

5

To be cautious, an infected mother should avoid breastfeeding if her nipples are cracked and bleeding1.

6

To discuss with Paediatric I.D. team or gastro enterology if any questions.

References

1

Mast E (2004). “Mother-to-infant hepatitis C virus transmission and breastfeeding.” Adv Exp Med Biol 554: 211-6. PMID 15384578.