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Doctor insights on: Child Born Herpes

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What would common symptoms of a child born with herpes be?

What would common symptoms of a child born with herpes be?

Hsv: Herpes simplex virus can cause an array of syptoms such as skin lesions. There is a much more virulent form which can be disseminated to the brain, liver, lungs and kidneys. Disseminatedherpes can cause encephalitis, hepatitis and coma, as well aspneumonia. ...Read more

Herpes (Definition)

There are different types of herpes infections; herpes simplex infection of mouth (gingivostomatitis) and lips (labialis) are the most common. Others include genital herpes, and herpes zoster. Herpes infection could very mild to very dangerous depending on the type and location of the body affected. I ...Read more


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Could a child be born with herpes if the mother contracts herpes during pregnancy?

Could a child be born with herpes if the mother contracts herpes during pregnancy?

Yes: Infection can occur at any stage of pregnancy. The infection could transfer to baby immediately in the initial phase the infection and cause fetal damage or loss. If not passed during the initial phase, the germ can infect baby near the time of delivery. Baby can appear asymptomatic at birth and develop a devastating encephalitis in the first few weeks. ...Read more

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Docs, could a child be born with herpes if the mother contracts herpes during pregnancy?

Docs, could a child be born with herpes if the mother contracts herpes during pregnancy?

Yes: Infection can occur at any stage of pregnancy. The infection could transfer to baby immediately in the initial phase the infection and cause fetal damage or loss. If not passed during the initial phase, the germ can infect baby near the time of delivery. Baby can appear asymptomatic at birth and develop a devastating encephalitis in the first few weeks. ...Read more

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Can a baby be completely healthy if born with herpes?

Can a baby be completely healthy if born with herpes?

Yes: But that depends upon what you mean by "born with Herpes". Infection? Encephalitis? Need to know more in order to answer. ...Read more

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My baby seems completely healthy at 8 weeks old but could he still have been born with herpes?

My baby seems completely healthy at 8 weeks old but could he still have been born with herpes?

Most likkely not: Late onset of congenital herpes infection does occur, manifesting as herpes sepsis or herpes meningoencephalitis, but I think that 8 weeks of normal health seems to rule out congenital herpes infection. If you have a personal cencern such as you had active herpes vaginal infection at the time of delivery of the baby, you should speak to your pediatrician. ...Read more

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Can a baby be born blind at birth if you have herpes?

Can a baby be born blind at birth if you have herpes?

Can be worse: An infant can acquire the herpes germ in the birth canal from a woman shedding the virus and look normal at birth. Within a week or two, it may have made its way into the brain to cause a tragic encephalitis.Even with aggressive treatment the kid may end up with a brain that resembles swiss cheese. Plan a scheduled c-section prior to labor if you have it. ...Read more

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Will your baby be born with birth defects if you have genital herpes?

Will your baby be born with birth defects if you have genital herpes?

Birth defects: Genital herpes can be passed to the newborn as the child passes through the birth canal. Currently we are starting Valtrex (valacyclovir) on women who have a history of genital herpes in the third trimester decreasing their risk of passing the virus to their baby. A woman with active genital herpes during labor is delivered by cesarean section. ...Read more

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CAN you have a child with herpes?

CAN you have a child with herpes?

HSV: Your question can be interpreted in two ways! First, it is entirely possible to deliver a healthy baby even if you have a history of genital herpes, special precautions are recommended. Second, it is possibly to have a baby who is infected with the herpes virus in an untreated infected mother. ...Read more

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How likely is someone to give his child herpes if he has it?

How likely is someone to give his child herpes if he has it?

Yes: Herpes can be transmitted by kissing and by direct contact. Herpes is very very dangerous for newborns and young children. Please speak with your doctor and your pediatrician as soon as possible. Remember herpes can be oral (cold sores) and can occur elsewhere on the body especially below the waist. Use careful handwashing frequently. ...Read more

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Friend thinks she may have contracted herpes from a child at her childcare facility, is this possible?

Friend thinks she may have contracted herpes from a child at her childcare facility, is this possible?

Possibly: The strain matters here. Generally hsv I causes cold sores and mouth ulcers, and is common with children. Hsv ii is the genital variety, generally contracted through sex. However, both types can cause problems in the alternate areas, so it is possible to become infected through an atypical route like you describe. ...Read more

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How can a person that has herpes ever bring a child into the world without infecting his or her partner?

How can a person that has herpes ever bring a child into the world without infecting his or her partner?

Use care.: Herpes is a virus that spreads easily so care is needed. If you have a partner, they should be checked for the HSV antibody-they may already have HSV even if they never had an outbreak. If one partner is unaffected, then suppression therapy with Valtrex (valacyclovir) or Acyclovir can significantly reduce the viral shedding and reduce the transmission risk. In vitro would be another option. ...Read more

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Could you explain what is herpes stomatistis gingavitis in a child?

Common: This is an unfortunate (and common) eruption of blisters around the lips and gums. This 'outbreak' is usually bad the first time, and if there are any health-compromised issues in the child. Consult with your dentist for topical-gel or rinses to alleviate pain. ...Read more

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Can u pass herpes to your unborn child?

Can u pass herpes to your unborn child?

Rare but deadly: This disease is uncommon but can occur in women who have had herpes and are shedding the virus around the time of delivery. It can be hard to tell when you rarely have outbreaks. Some women choose to have a scheduled c-section delivery to reduce the risk. ...Read more

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Can you transfer herpes to a child by sharing a towel with the child?

Can you transfer herpes to a child by sharing a towel with the child?

What kind?: Zoster is contagious and if you have lesions these are highly contagious, zoster is a chickenpox virus, so if the child has not had chicken pox or is under immunized. Yes possible. ...Read more

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If a couple has herpes what are the chances of passing it to an unborn child?

If a couple has herpes what are the chances of passing it to an unborn child?

Varies: The highest risk to newborns occurs during a primary (1st) outbreak around the time of delivery. That baby can pick up the germ from the birth canal or during delivery. Outcome can be fatal. Those with recurrent outbreaks have less risk (below 10%) but it is possible. Many women have elective c-section prior to labor to avoid any risk. ...Read more

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Can I give my child herpes by kissing are sharing sopa?

Can I give my child herpes by kissing are sharing sopa?

Be specific: Herpes 1 is transmitted to most children, usually without symptoms. Herpes 2 is also common, but less so, and transmitted mostly by sexual activity. Do you have herpes? 1 or 2 or both? How old is the child? Eczema? Is the child healthy? Kissing maybe. Soap no. ...Read more

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Can you still have a natural child birth if you have herpes?

Can you still have a natural child birth if you have herpes?

Depends: There is certainly high risk for baby if you have an outbreak at or around the time of delivery. There is a possibility you could deliver between outbreaks & not pass it to baby. However, there have been cases where no outbreak was evident but baby acquired the germ during delivery, developed herpes encephalitis & died as a result. The risk is always present so discuss it with your ob. ...Read more

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