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how often do babies infected with herpes died of encephalitis?

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Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics 46 years experience
85% if untreated: According to recent cdc citations, 85% of neonatal herpes cases die if untreated. Survival with treatment is possible but the incidence of permanent long term disability is high. Encephalitis is one of the many problems involved with nnh.

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Where should our infant sleep when we stay in a hotel?

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Dr. Pamela Lindor
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Portable crib: Most hotels will have cribs available to rent, but it might make sense to invest in a portable "pack and play" type crib. Babies need to sleep on a firm surface, and should not be in the bed with you. Also, since hotels are not "babyproofed", the portable crib can also be used to help keep an older baby safe.
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Do I need to give my baby a helmet if he has a flat head?

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No: Not generally. Usually repositioning does wonders, making things of interest be on the other side of the room. Of course, make sure there isn't abnormal neck tightness, and that the flatness isn't too far gone. A pediatrician can tell if a helmet is necessary, but most don't need that. Once they sit up for awhile, starting at 4-6 months, the head returns to a normal shape.
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Can you contract oral herpes from contaminated food?

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Dr. Thomas Davis
Dentistry 36 years experience
Herpes: I do not believe so. The virus would need a open sore, crack or cut to enter the body. Could a herpes virus live on food and then brush over a open sore on someone else say for instance sharing a bite on a utensil? Yes , i believe it could be transferred.
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A 28-year-old female asked:

What the best thing to use on infant heat bumps?

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Dr. Shontae Buffington
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Leave them alone: The best thing to do is to leave them alone. Try to get rid of the offending agent, heat, over bundling; consider an office visit if baby's skin does not improve. It may be eczema or another common childhood rash.
A 43-year-old member asked:

I think I may have oral herpes -- can it be spread to my bf's genitals?

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Dr. Thomas Davis
Dentistry 36 years experience
Herpes spread: Absolutely, that is how it is spread. If you have a active lesion and the virus enters through his skin or tissue he will be infected. Be open and honest with him and he will respect and love you for this.

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