How likely is it that I will spread HSV 1 to my baby if I have never had symptoms of the virus but my mother has gotten cold sores for as I remember?

Herpes simplex. Common. Between half and three-quarters of ordinary people "carry" HSV. Most are not symptomatic. If you have a mouth or lip blister , I wouldn't kiss the baby, but I wouldn't recommend 1/2 to 3/4 of mothers not kiss/touch/cuddle their babies.

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Since cold sores are so common and probably easy to pass on to babies, how would you know if a baby contracted the HSV 1 virus?

HSV. Herpes simplex virus produces these and if the baby already has cold sores the chances are very high that they have been infected with this virus. You could do viral cultures on one of the sores, or do antibody titers on the baby. But why bother? Read more...
Herpes simplex. Common. Between half and three-quarters of ordinary people "carry" HSV. Most are not symptomatic. If you have a mouth or lip blister , I wouldn't kiss the baby, but I wouldn't recommend 1/2 to 3/4 of mothers not kiss/touch/cuddle their babies. You probably would not know unless the baby was extremely young, unusually small or very ill. Read more...