Kiss Children On Top Of The Head

     
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CMV mentioned in the Daily Mail with an interview with Professor Paul Griffiths Professor of Virology at University College London.

"During pregnancy, a woman’s immune system is lowered and so it’s important that she practises good hygiene and washes her hands regularly. 

One little known, but common, problem is cytomegalovirus or CMV, which is present in two-thirds of women.

During pregnancy, a woman’s immune system is lowered and so it’s important that she practises good hygiene and washes her hands regularly.

During pregnancy, a woman’s immune system is lowered and so it’s important that she practises good hygiene and washes her hands regularly.

‘It doesn’t cause symptoms in the mother, but it can damage the hearing of the baby,’ says Professor Griffiths. 

‘It’s the most common cause of hearing loss in children in the country — and it can damage intellectual potential, too.’

Around 60 per cent of women have had the CMV infection, but of the 40 per cent who haven’t, 2 per cent will acquire it during pregnancy. 

It’s this group — who catch it for the first time when expecting or who are reinfected with a new strain — that are most likely to pass it on to their unborn child with potential consequences on their health.

The virus can be passed via body fluids such as mucus, urine and saliva — pregnant women can catch it from kissing and cuddling children.

Children are likely to carry bugs because their immune systems are developing, so they are a common source of illness for adults.

‘The best defence is washing your hands regularly, especially after changing nappies,’ says Professor Griffiths. ‘You can’t put on a space suit — but you can kiss your child in a way that reduces the chance of exchanging saliva, such as on the top of the head."

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