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Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Neonatal Herpes (Overview)

Neonatal herpes simplex is a herpes simplex infection that occurs in newborns and is usually passed along from the mother during delivery of the baby. It can be a life-threatening condition, and may affect the infant's brain, spinal cord and internal organs.


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Neonatal herpes! im so scared and worried!?

Neonatal herpes! im so scared and worried!?

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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Dr. Heidi Fowler
19 doctors shared insights

Neonatal Herpes (Overview)

Neonatal herpes simplex is a herpes simplex infection that occurs in newborns and is usually passed along from the mother during delivery of the baby. It can be a life-threatening condition, and may affect the infant's brain, spinal cord and internal organs.


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Do we have any treatment for neonatal herpes?

Do we have any treatment for neonatal herpes?

Acyclovir: Intravenous Acyclovir is the first line treatment when neonatal herpes is suspected or confirmed. Unfortunately, even with aggressive treatment, the germ may have caused significant brain injury before the infection is brought under control. ...Read more

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Living with Genital Herpes (Checklist)

Avoid sex when you have an outbreak
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Take antiviral drugs to decrease frequency of outbreaks
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Take antiviral drugs to decrease shedding the virus
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Avoid oral sex when you have fever blisters
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Can neonatal herpes hurt my baby bad?

Can neonatal herpes hurt my baby bad?

A 10 ON BAD SCALE: If at all possible you want to avoid this possibility.The germ has a habit of entering the babies brain and destroying tissue. The appearance on a CT scan on survivors is like Swiss cheese. Permanent disability is common. Even early recognition and treatment does not assure a good outcome. ...Read more

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Neonatal herpes! im so scared and worried!?

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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What is neonatal herpes? How does someone get it?

What is neonatal herpes? How does someone get it?

Usually type 2: If the mother has previous herpes, therefore immunity, she transmits this immunity to her newborn by passive transfer. This protects the infant for several months. However, if the mother contracts herpes infection shortly before delivery, the newborn may be exposed to the virus without any immunity. The protective immunity does not begin until 1 or 2 weeks after onset. Such a baby may have devasta ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: neonatal herpes?

What is the definition or description of: neonatal herpes?

See below: Neonatal herpes simplex is a herpes simplex infection that occurs in newborns and is usually passed along from the mother during delivery of the baby. It can be a life-threatening condition, and may affect the infant's brain, spinal cord and internal organs. ...Read more

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Do we have any treatment for neonatal herpes?

Acyclovir: Intravenous Acyclovir is the first line treatment when neonatal herpes is suspected or confirmed. Unfortunately, even with aggressive treatment, the germ may have caused significant brain injury before the infection is brought under control. ...Read more

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What are the treatment options for neonatal herpes?

Hospitalization: Hospitalization and treatment with Intravenous acyclovir. Blood work and spinal tap to rule out spread of infection to the blood and the brain. Csection if the mother has an active infection at the time of delivery to prevent neonatal infection is the standard of care. ...Read more

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For your baby to be subject to neonatal herpes, you have to of gotten herpes while pregnant or is it anytime close to the time of pregnancy?

For your baby to be subject to neonatal herpes, you have to of gotten herpes while pregnant or is it anytime close to the time of pregnancy?

Varies: The highest risk will be if mom has her first outbreak around the time of delivery.Neither she or the baby by transfer would have any antibodies to fight it any.If acquired sooner in life or early in pregnancy, there is some risk but less, because the kid can be exposed to virus shed during a vaginal delivery. Good control of outbreaks (meds) and c-section before labor can eliminate most risk. ...Read more

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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


Dr. Ihab Ibrahim
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Neonatal (Definition)

The term neonatal is generally used to describe events that occur with an infant within the first 30 days after birth.Some practitioners are looser with the definition & extend the ...Read more