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What precautions can I take if I have a cold sore and am nursing and looking after my 1.5 month old infant? Worried she will catch it from me : (

What precautions can I take if I have a cold sore and am nursing and looking after my 1.5 month old infant? Worried she will catch it from me : (

Cold Sore-: There is no contraindication to breast feeding if you have a cold sore. It may rather help the baby to get immunity from you through breast milk. Just maintain personal hygiene, cover the sore on your lip or face with petrolatum jelly or similar, clean yourself, wash hands before nursing. ...Read more

Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Cold Sore (Definition)

Also referred to as fever blisters, cold sores are small, painful fluid-filled blisters that are usually found around the lips. Cold sores are very contagious and can be spread by mouth to mouth contact and can spread to the genitalia and cause genital ...Read more


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At what age is exposure to hsv-1 (cold sores) no longer extremely dangerous to babies? When does it become just a cold sore and not a fatal disease?

At what age is exposure to hsv-1 (cold sores) no longer extremely dangerous to babies? When does it become just a cold sore and not a fatal disease?

First exposure only: The first exposure is usually the one that is most dangerous because the immune system is still developing and may not handle the infection very well. That being said the age of when exposure to newborns is the least dangerous is usually when the immune system has had time to develop properly and can vary. By age 3 to 4 the initial outbreak is not likely to be as bad. ...Read more

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

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

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. ...Read more

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How can a baby get a cold sore?

How can a baby get a cold sore?

Fever blister: Fever blister is pretty much universal. We get it mostly from our parents. Is caused by herpes virus 1. Is alway in your body, goes in sleeping mode and gets activated at random (some people never, other people more often). Triggers like a cold, stress may activate it. Talk to pediatrician because we want to be sure is a cold sore and not something else. We want to treat patient the proper way. ...Read more

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

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

Cold sore: Active herpes lesions are highly contagious to anyone, especially babies. You must avoid kissing the baby for sure. ...Read more

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My child has a cold sore, so what can I do to help him?

My child has a cold sore, so what can I do to help him?

Reassurance: Not much. Tell them it will go away within 7-10 days, but might come back occasionally. Applying acycovir cream is of little help, except in reducing transmissability but may foster resistance of the strain of herpes your child has. ...Read more

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If a child has a cold sore is it okay to send them to school or will the nurse send them home?

If a child has a cold sore is it okay to send them to school or will the nurse send them home?

It's ok: From a medical standpoint, it's fine. However, every school district has it's own rules for illness and conditions. It might be best if you call and talk to the school nurse, and they may just want a note that your pediatrician can fax to the school (even without seeing the child) saying it's fine she attends school. ...Read more

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Is a cold sore life threatening to an 8 month old baby?

Is a cold sore life threatening to an 8 month old baby?

Not usually: As long as pain does not interfere with feeding / drinking, then usually not. Should see pediatrician if persists / spreads / other symptoms. ...Read more

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Is it possible to pass herpes from a cold sore from a child to the parent?

Is it possible to pass herpes from a cold sore from a child to the parent?

Yes: Herpes labialis can be spread from person to person. Parents have uasually already had an outbreak themselves some time in their life. It is a very common infection. If you already had it you can't catch it again (new) but you can have your own outbreak because it stays with you the rest of your life. So the child can spread it to you only if you have never had it before in your lifetime. ...Read more

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Can a child with a cold sore be spreading the virus if playing in a community pool?

Can a child with a cold sore be spreading the virus if playing in a community pool?

Possibly: Although community pools are chlorinated to help kill germs and prevent the spread of germs, the virus that causes cold sores is contagious. I suspect the risk is low. Nonetheless, I would suggest that kids with open, active cold sores stay out of community pools to help reduce the risk of transmission. ...Read more

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A person with a cold sore kissed me on the cheek. Should I wait a while before kissing my baby?

A person with a cold sore kissed me on the cheek. Should I wait a while before kissing my baby?

Cold sores - HSV-1: Fortunately the answer is 'no'. If you've never had a cold sore erupt on your lips/mouth area, then I highly doubt you're a risk to your baby. Occasionally people may harbor the virus, and no obvious lip lesion is there (did your mom/dad have this?) A kiss has to be on the lips/nose/eye where there is a mucous membrane rather than intact skin. So no, you didn't get the virus from person who kissed ...Read more

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Hubby has a cold sore. I have a 8wk old baby. Can he still sleep in the same bed with me n help feed baby? Would it hel if he wore a mask?

Hubby has a cold sore. I have a 8wk old baby. Can he still sleep in the same bed with me n help feed baby? Would it hel if he wore a mask?

"cold sore"?: An ordinary cold sore starts as a vesicle, containing clear fluid. Most of us have had herpes simplex type I. It is unlikely that he has type II--genital herpes. You likely had type I and passed antibodies to your infant before birth. If he has an ulceration in the mucosa of the mouth without first having a fluid-filled papule, it is not a cold sore, but an aphthous ulcer (non-infectious) ...Read more

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Can a cold sore on my lip affect my unborn baby?

Can a cold sore on my lip affect my unborn baby?

Probably not...: Having a cold sore on you lip, typically a reactivation of your herpes simplex virus, type1. You already have the antibody to this virus. Generally, this should not be an issue. If, however, you have an overwhelming infection, it may affect your pregancy. Also, if you have lesions on the vaginal areas during birth, your doc may recommend c-section etc...
Otherwise, baby should be ok.
Good luck. ...Read more

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I have a 5 week old baby girl. Someone with a coldsore touched her cheek today. Will she get the cold sore and get infected? I'm so worried : (Help...

I have a 5 week old baby girl. Someone with a coldsore touched her cheek today. Will she get the cold sore and get infected? I'm so worried : (Help...

Hopefully not: But it is possible. She is quite little. Watch her for any sign of rash or fever. If she develops either, she needs to be seen within 24 hours.. If she has poor feeding, is not as alert as her normal self, or her diapers are not as wet as usual, then she needs to be seen that same day. ...Read more

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Can my 6 week baby catch a cold sore virus from someone 2 feet away calling out to her? Worried shell catch this life threatening virus : (

Can my 6 week baby catch a cold sore virus from someone 2 feet away calling out to her? Worried shell catch this life threatening virus : (

Cold sores: No she need close contact with the lesion to catch it. So relax, don't let anyone kiss her on the lips. Enjoy your baby & good luck ...Read more

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My infant was kissed on her hand by someone with a history of cold sores (no active sore). She put her hand in her mouth; could she contracted hsv-1?

My infant was kissed on her hand by someone with a history of cold sores (no active sore). She put her hand in her mouth; could she contracted hsv-1?

An older infant?: Actually, the majority of the population has had hsv-1 oral herpes already. We try not to spread obvious germs, so people with cold sores shouldn't kiss until the sores are gone. With young babies, it's best to avoid getting infections from other people. After a baby is older and stronger, such as at the toddler age, getting an hsv-1 infection causes mouth and gum sores, but the toddlers recover. ...Read more

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Can a baby get a cold sore from its mother without direct contact with a cold sore?

Can a baby get a cold sore from its mother without direct contact with a cold sore?

Doubtful.: Fever blisters/cold sores are caused by herpes simplex type 1 (not type 2!). The first episode is usually in childhood, and is transmitted by close personal contact, usually via secretions (like saliva) from another child or adult. Because the virus is inactivated by drying or by being at room temperature, it's unlikely to be spread by sneezing or by using the same tableware. ...Read more

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Went to do check up for my 2month old baby and dr looked like had cold sore and did whole check up without gloves. What is chace of baby getting HSV?

Went to do check up for my 2month old baby and dr looked like had cold sore and did whole check up without gloves. What is chace of baby getting HSV?

Cold sores: Are common. About 80 percent of the population has been exposed to them though not everyone exposed breaks out with the cold sore. Odds are you probably have been exposed or had them yourself. Your baby is somewhat protected by any antibodies you passed on. Even though they are contagious, they usually require close personal contact, skin to skin, like kissing. Also, not every lip lesion is HSV. ...Read more

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Is it likely that I've already been exposed to the cold sore virus if my mom has been getting them since I was a small child? Never gotten a sore 33yr

Is it likely that I've already been exposed to the cold sore virus if my mom has been getting them since I was a small child? Never gotten a sore 33yr

Maybe, maybe not: In the US, half of all people your age are infected with herpes simplex virus type 1 (HSV1), the cause of cold sores. Most are caught in childhood from infected playmates, but you could have caught it from your mom. However, if no symptoms, either you don't have it, or if you do, it probably will never cause any problem, not something to worry about. But if concerned, a blood test is available. ...Read more

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Had hsv1 since a child. Gave oral 2 my gf, no visible sign, felt no symptoms of a coldsore niether. 2 days later got a cold sore. Does she posb have it?

Had hsv1 since a child. Gave oral 2 my gf, no visible sign, felt no symptoms of a coldsore niether. 2 days later got a cold sore. Does she posb have it?

POSSIBLY: The risk of infection to a partner can be high during an outbreak, but some suggest that 95% of infected people will shed the hsv virus-even between outbreaks, while others suggest the risk is low. A cold sore is actively shedding the virus--highly contagious.

Soapbox: practice safe sex, use a condom/dam and inform your partner (s). It’s their life you may affect and infect. ...Read more

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Is it dangerous if a 7 week old baby gets a cold sore?

Is it dangerous if a 7 week old baby gets a cold sore?

How do you know?: Seven week old babies don't get cold sores. They need to get herpes gingivostomatitis first. This childhood infection usually occurs in the latter half of second year of life onto young adulthood. So what you see is something else. If a baby gets a serious desseminated herpetic infection it is usually already ill with something more serious. See your pediatrician. ...Read more

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Terrified. My sister kissed my 9 week old on the cheek and I noticed she had a cold sore after. What will happen if my baby gets it?! Is it unlikely?

Terrified. My sister kissed my 9 week old on the cheek and I noticed she had a cold sore after. What will happen if my baby gets it?! Is it unlikely?

Unlikely a problem: Your 9-week old infant likely has some protective antibody against Herpes I (responsible for cold sores) from your blood. It is also not likely that a kiss on the cheek would inflict an infection. Eventually most, if not all, people will be infected with HSVI even though most will not have cold sores. ...Read more

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I've had my first cold sore on my lip. Does that mean I can't safely kiss my child anymore?

I've had my first cold sore on my lip. Does that mean I can't safely kiss my child anymore?

No: When the cold sore resolves, then you can safely kiss your child. If the child gets a cold sore or the initial herpes infection of the mouth, he/she is immune and you can safely kiss with a cold sore. ...Read more

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Son may have cold sore, touching it and then grabbed my leg/underwear up my skirt. I'm 36 wks prego. Worried about herpes and baby. Can I get it?

Son may have cold sore, touching it and then grabbed my leg/underwear up my skirt. I'm 36 wks prego. Worried about herpes and baby. Can I get it?

No cause for worry: Herpes is not by such contact. To be ultra safe, mention this to your obstetrician. If she feels it necessary, you can have a blood test to see if you might already have HSV1; if so, you can't get it again. Until your baby is a month old, it will be important to prevent intimate contact of your baby with your son (e.g. no kissing). Otherwise no worries! . Best wishes for you and your growing family ...Read more

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Can my 6 week old baby girl gets deathly ill, if I kiss her while I have a cold sore?

Can my 6 week old baby girl gets deathly ill, if I kiss her while I have a cold sore?

Yes: You can easily transmit the virus that causes cold sores to a child by kissing them when you have an active sore.
Although "deathly ill" is not a true medical term, and therefore I don't know exactly what you mean by this, I can tell you that kids can get pretty sick. They can get oral herpagina/stomatitis which can affect their whole mouth and lead to difficulty eating and lots of pain. ...Read more