Neonatal immunoglobulin levels. Maternal IgG can cross the placenta, but IgA or IgM cannot. Chronic infections involving the fetus, such as congenital syphilis, toxoplasmosis, rubella, and cytomegalic inclusion disease, induce IgM production by the fetus. Increased IgM levels in cord blood at birth or in neonatal blood during the first few days of life suggest […]