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Can my newborn get shingles if he was held by someone infected?

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Dr. Jerry Casale
Pediatrics
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Shingles are caused by the same virus that causes chicken pox so if ur newborn comes in contact with the lesions the baby can get chicken pox.

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Shingles are caused by the same virus that causes chicken pox so if ur newborn comes in contact with the lesions the baby can get chicken pox.
Dr. Jerry Casale
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Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics
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In brief: Shingles=hibernation

Shingles occur when the chickenpox virus that infected someone in childhood decides to come out of hibernation causing painful breakouts on the skin.
Your newborn might get chickenpox if debris from the shingles got to baby, but the person doesn't spread it in saliva or sneeze. Baby likely has protection from the virus if you had CP as a kid. Babies don't have shingles as a first infection.

In brief: Shingles=hibernation

Shingles occur when the chickenpox virus that infected someone in childhood decides to come out of hibernation causing painful breakouts on the skin.
Your newborn might get chickenpox if debris from the shingles got to baby, but the person doesn't spread it in saliva or sneeze. Baby likely has protection from the virus if you had CP as a kid. Babies don't have shingles as a first infection.
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