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Does Herpes 1 affect new born baby when delivery comes?

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry
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In brief: Where are lesions?

If the lesions involve genital area that is possible.

In brief: Where are lesions?

If the lesions involve genital area that is possible.
Dr. Heidi Fowler
Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics

In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
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Dr. James Ferguson
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