HSV is especially dangerous to babies under 6 months of age. Parents or relatives with cold sores should be especially careful not to kiss babies—their immune systems are not well developed until after about 6 months old.
Can I kiss my baby if I have a cold sore?
You should not kiss a baby if you have a cold sore to reduce the risk of spreading infection. Cold sores and other blisters caused by the herpes virus are at their most contagious when they burst. They remain contagious until completely healed.
Can you be around a baby with a fever blister?
If You Have A Newborn Baby And Someone Has a Cold Sore:
They should not kiss, cough, or sneeze near the baby to avoid their saliva getting on the baby. You may even ask them to wear a mask to cover their cold sores. You may even avoid being near that person while they have a cold sore.
How long is a cold sore contagious for?
Cold sores are typically contagious for up to 15 days. You need to wait until all your cold sore symptoms have cleared – including the blister and any scabbing – to reach the point when cold sores are not contagious anymore.
Do newborns get blisters on their lips?
Babies can get breastfeeding blisters on the inside of their lips. The sucking action can cause a callus on the skin. Sometimes babies are born with these blisters if they sucked their fingers in the womb. Cold sores cause blisters on the lips.
How do you treat a cold sore on a child?
Apply ice or a warm washcloth to the sores to help ease your child’s cold sore pain. Chilled or icy treats such as smoothies may be soothing to tender lips and can help avoid dehydration. Avoid giving your child acidic foods during a cold sore outbreak (e.g., citrus fruits or tomato sauce).
Do cold sores mean you have an STD?
Because cold sores are caused by the herpes virus, many people associate them with sexually transmitted viruses like genital herpes. Because of this, you might occasionally see cold sores referred to as a sexually transmitted disease. So, are cold sore herpes? Yes, most definitely.