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Toxoplasmosis in Children

Medically reviewed by Last updated on Feb 4, 2024.

What is toxoplasmosis?

Toxoplasmosis is an infection caused by parasites. Healthy children usually do not become ill from this infection. The infection may cause illness in children with a weak immune system. If your child has a weak immune system, toxoplasmosis may damage his or her eyes, brain, or other organs. Babies who are infected before birth are at risk for problems with learning, memory, and movement. They are also at risk for vision and hearing problems.

How is toxoplasmosis spread?

Your child can become infected before birth if his or her mother has toxoplasmosis during pregnancy. Your child may also become infected he or she does any of the following:

What increases my child's risk for toxoplasmosis?

What are the signs and symptoms of toxoplasmosis?

How is toxoplasmosis diagnosed and treated?

What can I do to manage my child's symptoms?

How can I help prevent toxoplasmosis?

Your child may be given medicine to prevent toxoplasmosis if he or she has a weak immune system.

Treatment options

The following list of medications are in some way related to or used in the treatment of this condition.

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Call your local emergency number (911 in the US) if:

When should I seek immediate care?

When should I call my child's doctor?

Care Agreement

You have the right to help plan your child's care. Learn about your child's health condition and how it may be treated. Discuss treatment options with your child's healthcare providers to decide what care you want for your child. The above information is an educational aid only. It is not intended as medical advice for individual conditions or treatments. Talk to your doctor, nurse or pharmacist before following any medical regimen to see if it is safe and effective for you.

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