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A 41-year-old member asked:

If someone with a cold sore kisses a baby, will that baby get herpes or cold sores in the future?

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Dr. Barry Bergman
Pediatrics 41 years experience
They can: Cold sores are caused by a herpes virus. It is quite contagious so yes your baby can get herpes from another person and herpes virus stay dormant in our body and can reactivate any time in the future. Mos adults have already had and will ocassionally have cold sores come back. Same with children although it is quite unpredictable.

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A 39-year-old member asked:

Could you tell me if someone with active cold sore kisses a baby will that baby get herpes or cold sores in the future?

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Dr. Robert Kwok
Pediatrics 33 years experience
Sometimes yes: Cold sores on or near the lips are due to recurrence of herpes simplex. Herpes types 1 and 2, after the first infection, live in a person's nerves and travel down the nerves the to surface to form blisters that break open, spreading viruses. People with cold sores should avoid kissing young babies because babies can get severely ill from herpes. Older babies & toddlers can better tolerate herpes.

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Last updated Nov 21, 2014

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