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.
Yes... ...If it is not recognized and treated promptly. If a pregnant woman has a positive herpes virus culture anytime in the last 4 weeks of pregnancy, the baby is usually delivered by caesarian section to avoid neonatal herpes.

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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?

Herpes. No. Not at all. Once infected with herpes always infected. An infected human sheds the herpes virus at the point of infection at unpredictable rates that have nothing to do with sores or when one was infected. Read more...
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...

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...