The Baby Is Kissed By TB Sufferers, Is It Contagious?

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Good afternoon. I want to ask, my child is 4 months old. Yesterday I played at my mother’s house and there was someone who contracted TB, first my child kissed her cheek and kissed again almost close to her mouth. Do you think my child can get TB or not? If so, how do you know if my child has TB or not?

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First of all, of course it is necessary to know in advance, whether tuberculosis patients who live in your mother's house have received tuberculosis treatment or not? If the tuberculosis patient has received treatment for at least 2 weeks, the possibility of transmission is very, very small (after treatment for 2 weeks the infection is no longer transmitted from patients with tuberculosis).


Basically the tuberculosis bacteria will not spread through saliva and will not spread with a kiss. Tuberculosis bacteria can spread through droplets from the lungs that can come out when tuberculosis sufferers cough, sneeze, talk, or sing. This droplet will fly in the air and can be inhaled when other people breathe. People who inhale this droplet can get a tuberculosis infection, although not all will become a disease. Infants and children who inhale droplets will be more susceptible to tuberculosis compared to adults. Therefore it is really not recommended for people with tuberculosis to be close to infants and children (and also people who have weak immune system conditions).


If indeed the tuberculosis sufferer has not taken tuberculosis medication, you can take your child to the pediatrician for further examination (especially if your child has not received BCG immunization). If the tuberculosis sufferer has received treatment or has completed treatment and your child has also received BCG immunization, the possibility of transmission is quite small. You can further pay attention to your child's growth and development conditions such as weight gain, milk cravings or appetite later when given MPASI, enlarged lymph nodes in the neck of the child, etc. If you find a weight gain disorder in children, immediately check with your child to the pediatrician.

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