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Dr. Lynne Weixel
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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! I'm so scared and worried!?

Neonatal herpes! I'm 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

Dr. Lynne Weixel
21 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! I'm 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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Toddler at home, baby in nicu with neonatal herpes simplex 1?

Toddler at home, baby in nicu with neonatal herpes simplex 1?

Probably safe: Sorry about your neonate. Your toddler has almost certainly been exposed and infected, whether symptomatically or not, with the same virus. They are highly unlikely to be at significant risk. ...Read more

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Has anyone ever died of neonatal disseminated herpes?

Yes: This is the expected outcome for untreated cases (85%).Response to treatment is variable & factors in early recognition & agressive rx. Those infected prior to labor & delivery are the least likely to respond, while those who acquire the germ during delivery are more likely to improve with rx. ...Read more

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Does Herpes 1 affect new born baby when delivery comes?

Does Herpes 1 affect new born baby when delivery comes?

Where are lesions?: If the lesions involve genital area that is possible. ...Read more

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How can herpes cause micro syphilis in newborns?

How can herpes cause micro syphilis in newborns?

Never heard of it: Herpes and syphilis are 2 separate germs that can be passes to a fetus during pregnancy. One is a virus and one is a bacteria. They could be passed at the same time by the same person while infecting mother & baby. I have never heard of "micro syphilis". ...Read more

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If I have herpes can I breastfeed my newborn baby?

Yes: Those with existing herpes either in a cold sore or genital herpes can breast feed. The virus is not circulating in the blood & will not contaminate the milk. ...Read more

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How bad is herpes when passed to a newborn by the mother?

Can be fatal: Primary infection during pregnancy can result in miscarriage or fetal infection with lasting consequences. Acquisition of the germ during labor or delivery can cause a later meningo-encephalitis that will turn the babies brain into a swiss cheese looking mass with severe handicaps if the child survives the illness. ...Read more

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What problems can genital herpes type 2 cause for a newborn?

Death or disability: The fetus is ge nerally protected by fetal membranesfrom exposure during pregnancy.During delivery, the newborn can acquire the virus as it is shead from the genital walls. Some will have skin leasions (blisters), but a more devistating problem occurs as the germ migrates to the brain to cause encephalitis.Death or major disability are possibile. Ob's opt for cs delivery if possible to avoid this. ...Read more

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What is the healing process for a herpes blister on a newborn face? How long does till the blister bursts to a scab?

If herpes: see Doc!: Herpes in newborn infants is a very serious issue that needs prompt asap evaluation and testing-especially if your infant is sick. Herpes may be only on the skin at this time, however, it can spread throughout the entire body (disseminated herpes). This in turn can affect the brain, liver, lungs, and kidneys. Please have this sorted out asap! ...Read more

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Which problems can genital herpes (herpes simplex ii) cause for a newborn baby?

Which problems can genital herpes (herpes simplex ii) cause for a newborn baby?

Death or disability: The fetus is ge nerally protected by fetal membranesfrom exposure during pregnancy.During delivery, the newborn can acquire the virus as it is shead from the genital walls. Some will have skin leasions (blisters), but a more devistating problem occurs as the germ migrates to the brain to cause encephalitis.Death or major disability are possibile. Ob's opt for cs delivery if possible to avoid this. ...Read more

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What are the chances of a pregnant woman with genital herpes passing the virus on to newborn if she does not have symptoms? Should she be worried?

What are the chances of a pregnant woman with genital herpes passing the virus on to newborn if she does not have symptoms? Should she be worried?

Manageable risks: If a mother delivers vaginally with her first genital outbreak, there is ~30% risk the baby could get it and have a terrible illness. If a recurrent outbreak, this drops to ~4% but suppression of outbreaks or c-section delivery before the membranes are open 4 hours can cancel the risk. Rarely, some women shed herpes without an outbreak and could pass it, baby sick around 2 wks. ...Read more

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Can I babysit my sister's newborn if I have genital herpes and adhere to strict hand hygiene and not kiss the baby?

Can I babysit my sister's newborn if I have genital herpes and adhere to strict hand hygiene and not kiss the baby?

Yes: This is a sexually transmitted disease and you are unlikely to share it by other routes. Careful hand washing may help and not kissing is a smart plan. All the best. ...Read more

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Is oral herpes is an s.T.I or not? If not what are other causes?

Is oral herpes is an s.T.I or not? If not what are other causes?

Herpes virus: Oral herpes (hsv1) is most often from physical contact with an infected individual. Genital herpes (hsv2) is most often always contracted from sexual contact, and few cases have been shown of hsv1 coming from oral-genital contact, but the two are all but indistinguishable from each other. Maby the answer to your question is can you get herpes by not having sex, answer is yes. Just contact. ...Read more

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Herpes on peni, s what will make it go away?

Herpes on peni, s what will make it go away?

See your doctor: There are treatments for herpes, but there is no cure for herpes it is forever. ...Read more

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What are the effects of s.T.D.S, herpes, and aids?

What are the effects of s.T.D.S, herpes, and aids?

Multiple: Too numerous to discus here. Best is to search the cdc website. Most have neurologic side effects with opportunistic infections ultimately causing death after overwhelming the immune system. ...Read more

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Dear doctors on ht. Thank you for answerin my? S. I m stressed for 2mo now. I will get tested, pray4me. Hope I dint catch herpes. Want 2 say 2u thanku

Dear doctors on ht. Thank you for answerin my? S. I m stressed for 2mo now. I will get tested, pray4me. Hope I dint catch herpes. Want 2 say 2u thanku

You are in my prayer: Your are in my prayers. Others will read this and pray for you also. God's blessings and the healing power of the holy spirit be with you. ...Read more

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How can herpes spread?

How can herpes spread?

Contact: Herpes is spread from skin-to-skin contact when someone has active blisters. Hope this helps! ...Read more

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How can you get herpes?

How can you get herpes?

From herpes viruses: A person can get herpes from another person's fresh herpes sores. The other person may have sores on his or her genitals, lips, fingers, etc..., and transmit viruses by touching the uninfected person. Sometimes, infected persons can transmit herpes even when they don't have visible fresh herpes sores, so prevention is not always possible. Most adults have had oral herpes, as it is so common. ...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


Dr. Gregory Moneta
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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


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