"Little People, Big World" Audrey Roloff Has Been Diagnosed With Mono. Can Little Ember Get Infected?
The mother-baby connection is undeniably the strongest in all species. As a negative side of such strong bond, some serious diseases can be transmitted from a mother to her baby during the pregnancy and after the birth through breastfeeding. Often, this can be very dangerous and lead to horrible consequences.
Recently, Little People, Big World Audrey Roloff revealed she had contracted infectious mononucleosis (mono), and the scariest thing was that she might have passed the disease to her little baby daughter, Ember, who is only nine months old.
What is mononucleosis?
Mononucleosis, sometimes called the “kissing disease,” is an infectious illness that is typically caused by the Epstein-Barr virus (EBV). It is one of the most common viruses that kids are exposed to. However, the exposure does not guarantee getting the disease. A person can be infected with EBV and just carry it without any manifestations for their entire life.
In most cases, children are already infected with EBV by the time they become teens. The virus is transmitted through bodily fluids, such as saliva, blood, semen. So the most common way of getting it is through kisses. However, a person can get infected even through sharing food, drinks, or silverware. Also, coughs and sneeze can be contagious.
What are the possible symptoms?
Often, mono causes almost no symptoms except for mild fatigue and malaise. Some people don’t even know they are infected. However, the cold-like symptoms below can occur in some cases, which can last for 2 to 4 weeks:
- sore throat;
- swollen lymph nodes;
- poor appetite;
- abdominal pain.
Rarely, mono can cause serious complications that include:
- enlarged spleen;
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Audrey was experiencing heavy fatigue and abdominal pain, so she decided to do some tests. The doctors wanted to check her for strep and pregnancy, but the woman insisted on being tested for mono. Audrey remembered her college friend had had similar symptoms. She commented:
When he came back in with the results, he said, 'Well, I think you’re the first breastfeeding mom I’ve ever seen test POSITIVE for Mono'. Like, seriously?! I’m not going around making out with people and sharing drinks, praying I don’t pass it to Ember or Jeremy and that it passes over me quickly.
The past week I’ve been feeling so rundown and have been experiencing a lot of abdominal pain. I thought it was just from stress of working on the edits for our book, getting ready to travel out of town for a work trip, and Ember waking up in the night to nurse (which has been happening for the past 3 weeks.. teething 🤷🏼♀️). But apparently that’s not all. 🤦🏼♀️ From being an injury prone athlete my whole life, I’ve acquired a keen sense for when something is off in my body. Yesterday I finally decided to go to the dreaded urgent care. They wanted to test me for strep and pregnancy but I was convinced neither were the case. I asked if I could maybe be Mono (I had watched my best friend fight mono in college and my symptoms were so similar). He said that they typically see Mono in teenagers and college students... But they tested me to be sure. When he came back in with the results he said, “Well, I think you’re the first breastfeeding mom I’ve ever seen test POSITIVE for Mono...” Like seriously?! I’m not going around making out with people and sharing drinks 🤔 Oh and then he follows up with this super practical and attainable advice...”Just try to rest as much as you can for the next 4-8 weeks” ......👈🏻🤣LOL. MOMS SHOULD NOT BE ALLOWED TO GET MONO🙅🏼♀️ Praying I don’t pass it to Ember or Jeremy and that it passes over me quickly🙏🏻 At least I have the cutest baby girl ever to cheer me up☺️I mean look at that face on the 4th photo?! 😭 #emberjean #alwaysmore #alwaysmoremilk @shopalwaysmore
So, the biggest question is, can Ember get sick because of it? Yes, she can. However, the disease often causes no to mild symptoms in infants and kids, while it can cause severe complications in adults. So it is even better to contract the virus early.
We are sure that little Ember and Jeremy are safe.