Infant Journal
for neonatal and paediatric healthcare professionals

Neonatal SARS-CoV-2 infection: is this a vertical transmission?

Neonatal COVID-19, its manifestations and transmission, remains unclear. As the pandemic continues more evidence will emerge but so far, vertical transmission of COVID-19 is rare with just a few reports in the literature.1 We share our experience of managing a preterm newborn with COVID-19 in our neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) where the vertical route seems the most likely mode of transmission.

Femi Adeniyi
ST6 Paediatrics

Sanjeev Rath
Neonatal Consultant

Yewande Wey
MTI Fellow

Arrowe Park Hospital, Wirral University Teaching Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

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parental visiting; COVID-19; family-integrated care
Key points
  1. Parents are partners in care for their babies and should never be considered visitors on NNUs.
  2. Policy changes during the COVID-19 pandemic have resulted in many parents being separated from their babies.
  3. Reduced parental visiting may have a negative impact on the whole family with long-term consequences.
  4. A multi-pronged approach is required to ensure that parents are respected as partners in care for their baby.