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Yes: An estimated 80% of americans have been exposed to herpes simplex virus type 1. However, not all of those people will get cold sores. It depends on your immune system. Cold sores are painful liquid filled blisters that can occur on the lips, roof of the mouth or the gums which are caused by the herpes simplex virus (hsv-1). Tingling ;/or pain can herald the oncoming of cold sore 1 to 2 days prior. ...Read more
If son catches cold from school, gets sick, recovers, returns to school where cold virus still lingering, will he catch same cold virus again?
No, he should not: get the exact same cold virus, as he should develop protective antibodies, at least temporarily, to that virus. Unfortunately, there are so many strains of viruses that cause the common cold, that it is virtually impossible to be immune to them all. So, he could certainly get another cold right after the one from which he just recovered. ...Read more
Herpes simplex: There are two serological types of this virus. It was formerly felt that type1 produced oral and lip cold sores and that type2 produced genital herpes, but with oral sex so common both types can be found in both places. The virus is essentially the same, but the serotypes are different. There is also some difference in their capacity to produce central nervous system disease. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Droplet / debris: Rsv can pass thru inhalation of droplets of infected material from a case, or exposure to infected material on hands or surfaces. It can live for 1/2 hr on hands & hours on surfaces. Touching your face or eyes with tainted hands can expose you. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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Totally different: The common cold which causes upper respiratory tract infections is caused by more than 200 different types of virus. The HIV virus is part of the family known as human retroviruses. The differences and similarities are far too lengthy to discuss in this type of setting. ...Read more
YES: If it is expressing any fluid, it is very contagious. ...Read more
Pneumonia...: Is an infection in the lungs. Common causes include viruses and bacteria, which can be contagious. How contagious it is, and how it's treated, depends on the germ that's causing the pneumonia. Another cause might be something called "aspiration, " where some substance like milk or stomach contents gets sucked into the lungs. This is not contagious. ...Read more
No: In order to give the infant protection from the vaccine being given to you, it would have to have been given while the baby was inside, in utero. Now, the baby can get immunity through his/her own vaccination only. Of course, you and any caregiver who comes in close contact with baby should have updated vaccine. That is, anyone holding the baby. ...Read more
Spelling: Dictionary definitions. A cough is a noun and is the name for a symptom for the rapid expulsion of air and mucus from the lungs. There are many possible reasons that one can have a cough. One of them is an infection with any of a number of viruses. We have no meds to cure viral infections, just symptomatic relief. The old standby Jewish penicillin, chicken soup, works as well as any antibiotic 4 c ...Read more
Yes: Rsv prophylaxis only protects against pneumonia. With the new drug motavizumab the lokelihood fir upper resp tract infection is lower. Keep in mind that there is no immunity after the prophylaxis. Its an antibody. Not a vaccine. The concentration drops after administration and needs to be repeated. ...Read more
Saline nose drops: You should get the baby checked by the pediatrician if baby is irritable, running fever, not feeding well and if breathing fast for just nasal congestion without any other symptoms you can use saline nasal drops followed by gentle suction till you see the pediatrician. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Some good, some bad: Simple colds newborns usually have fairly good resistance to through antibodies the mother has in her system. True influenza, though, varies a lot. If the mother received an influenza vaccine during the pregnancy, there are protective antibodies the baby has received that help a lot. But if mom is not vaccinated for that year, newborns are at great risk for influenza and can become very ill. ...Read more
The face and scalp: Are very vascular and as such are a source of heat loss. This is more important in newborns as the scalp makes up a larger percentage of body surface area than in the adult and is a larger source of body heat loss. Put the lid on the kid...So to speak. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Perhaps: The hospital may have rules against you visiting. However, as long as you wear a mask and dont handle the baby you should be able to visit. ...Read more
See a doctor: Newborns aré very delicate and, up to around two months of age are at a higher risk of developing more serious infections. In general, no cold medications should be given to a newborn, only normal saline nose drops, to help clear and humidify secretions. Your baby's doctor should examine him and determine the right treatment and if tests need to be done. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
I've had a cold for 4 days now, I have a newborn. Would she have contracted it by now? Am I still contagious?
Still contagious: Hi! the common cold can be caused by a bunch of different viruses; some only take a couple days from time of exposure until symptoms start; others can take up to a week! So it is possible that your baby has already contracted a virus and hasn't yet shown symptoms. Also, keep in mind that you will remain contagious until ~5-6 days after the start of your own symptoms. Hope that helps! ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Is it okay to give my newborn cold formula? He is only 4days old our room temperature purified water gallon is kinda cold I didn't realize until now
Not likely to catch: Breastfeeding an 8-week-old makes it less likely she'll catch the family cold. In addition to immune factors and targeted antibodies in breast milk, young babies do still have some remaining protection from respiratory viruses transferred from their mothers before birth, making colds less likely. The peak age for colds is 6 to 12 months old, when inherited immunity is fading. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
I have a 4 week old baby. How do you know when they have a cold as opposed to normal newborn congestion?
?irritants?: The first months are troubled by narrow nasal passages & exposure to dust, fragrences, smoke & other irritants.Baby tries to flush these out of the nose with mucous but this often ends as congestion &cough.It also produces rattling with breathing. The best rx is washing out the nose with saline &suctioning the remainder. Eliminate irritants from babies environment & this will happen less. ...Read more
Are there any other reasons for congestion in newborns besides reflux? Oh, in the absence of cold symptoms.
Long term effects for adults that had phototherapy as a newborn? Im always cold. I had phototherapy as a newborn in the 1970s.
36wks preg full term soon.Anything I can do to help things along?Also I am recovering frm a cold-worried of labour & newborn while still recovering?:(
Be patient: One thing I always tell my patients is that mother nature is smarter than we are. Be patient and don't try to "hurry it along". Your baby needs every week possible to develop fully and trying to induce your own labor before it is time can cause serious problems with your baby; so let mother nature do her job! At 36 weeks, your cold should be well on its way out by the time you deliver; no worries! ...Read more
Newborn is really congested. Doc said normal from amniotic fluid. How long can it last? How can I tell difference between cold??
Signs: Respiratory rate 40-60 without evidence of increased work of breathing. If mucous buildup apparent, humidifier with cool mist and occasional nasal saline drops in nose 2-3 times a day helpful. If fever or yellow-green secretions there, or poorly feeding, see pediatrician ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Yes: She can be in the same room. ...Read more
What can I give my newborn daughter who is 5 weeks old and has a cold, nose is stuffy, she's coughing and sneezing?
What can I give my newborn if she has a cold and her saliva is sort of thick and she has runny nose/congestion?
My son is almost 4 weeks old I noticed I have a cold sore today yesterday I didn’t know I had one and I had been kissing my son all round his head I read cold sores are deadly to newborns this is not my first cold sore I had them all my life & preg?
Could be trouble...: If a cold sore is freshly oozing, there are lots of viruses there. If it hasn't broken open, or has already scabbed over, there is less chance of viral transmission. Herpes type 1 virus infections happen to the majority of people by adulthood. A new baby should not be kissed by herpetic adults until he is old enough to tolerate a herpes infection. A baby should be checked, if any signs of herpes. ...Read more
I've had a dry cough with no cold symptoms for 3 wks. I have a newborn and have my whooping cough shot. Im breastfeeding. What should i do?
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