Syphilis in Babies
Syphilis may occur during pregnancy, and unless the expectant mother has been properly treated, the disease may strike the unborn child with great severity. Soon after birth the bones will appear somewhat deformed; the child may have trouble with his eyes. There may be considerable damage to the brain and central nervous system. The child may be retarded both mentally and physically. His teeth and gums may be deformed, and he may have a “saddle nose,” as well as sores at the corners of his mouth. His teeth may be sharp and pointed, and there may be scarring over his eyes.
Large doses of penicillin will usually destroy the germs of syphilis, particularly during the earlier stages of the disease. Treatment should be started the moment syphilis is suspected. Erythromycin can be used in patients who are allergic to penicillin. There is no successful home treatment for syphilis. Any disease as serious as this must be treated under expert medical direction. If you are in doubt, go at once to some large medical center for advice and treatment.
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