BPSU study to look at neonatal complications of COVID-19

The British Paediatric Surveillance Unit has now started collecting data on neonatal complications of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in the UK and Northern Ireland. This study is needed to understand the impact of Coronavirus infection in newborn babies and babies born to mothers with Coronavirus, so we can improve the care we give them.

Coronavirus is a viral infection that usually affects the lungs and airways. The current virus is a new type of respiratory virus and causes the disease COVID-19.  Like many viruses, it can affect all age groups including mothers and their newborn babies.

We know this new virus is very infectious so can spread easily. In adults, particularly the elderly, it can cause significant breathing problems requiring treatment. So far there is little information about what happens to newborn babies if they get this infection, or how it affects babies born to mothers with the virus. We don’t know if certain babies are at greater risk and don’t know which treatments may or may not help in these babies. 

This study aims to:

  1. Find out how many babies develop coronavirus infection in the first month after birth, and how many babies born to women with coronavirus need neonatal care. We will also find out what happens to babies to improve our understanding of this virus, how best to manage it and what the impact of infection is for babies as they get older.
  2. Describe which babies develop COVID-19 infection and what symptoms or signs they have. This will help us to design future research looking at prevention and new treatment options.
  3. Describe how COVID-19 in babies is identified and treated.

You can find out more on the neonatal complications of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) study page.