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You’re likely to be confused and overwhelmed—not to mention scared—if your infant has been diagnosed with congenital varicella syndrome. But you can play an active role in helping him get better. Developing a basic understanding of the condition is a great first step as you partner with your child’s health care team to form a treatment plan.
How Boston Children’s Hospital approaches congenital varicella syndrome
Our Division of Infectious Diseases treats congenital varicella syndrome in infants.
Physicians in the Division of Infectious Diseases care for children and adolescents with a variety of infections.
How does Children’s treat congenital varicella syndrome?
If we find that your baby has been born with congenital varicella syndrome, we will begin treatment immediately with Varicella-zoster immune globin (the vaccine for chicken pox) to ensure that the condition has a minimal effect on her health.
At Children's Division of Newborn Medicine, we specialize in treating babies with a wide range of congenital and acquired conditions. Your baby will be seen by a specially trained team of physicians, nurses, therapists and other health professionals who routinely diagnose and treat newborns with critical illnesses.
Leading the way in fetal and neonatal care
Babies who have a congenital neurological condition need intense, specialized care. At the Fetal-Neonatal Neurology Program at Children’s, we provide comprehensive evaluation and treatment for these young children. Because newborns’ brains are in a crucial window of rapid development, we identify problems as early as possible and intervene quickly.
Congenital Varicella syndrome: Reviewed by Sandra Burchett, MD, MSc, Clinical Director, Boston Children’s Hospital Division of Infectious Diseases
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