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Do children get herpes from their own parents?
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Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics
In brief: Depends
Genital herpes can pass during labor/delivery to a newborn but this often results in severe disease or death.
If a kid got genital herpes it would be a finding of sexual abuse. Kids could get a cold sore if the parent passed this by kissing them while shedding the germ.

In brief: Depends
Genital herpes can pass during labor/delivery to a newborn but this often results in severe disease or death.
If a kid got genital herpes it would be a finding of sexual abuse. Kids could get a cold sore if the parent passed this by kissing them while shedding the germ.
Dr. James Ferguson
Dr. James Ferguson
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Dr. Allen Seely
General Practice
In brief: YES, from a kiss
Herpes simplex virus can be shed even when there is no cold sore visible.
A simple kiss is the most common mode of transmission.

In brief: YES, from a kiss
Herpes simplex virus can be shed even when there is no cold sore visible.
A simple kiss is the most common mode of transmission.
Dr. Allen Seely
Dr. Allen Seely
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