The herpes simplex virus can be transmitted from a mother to her baby before, during or after birth. If you have had a history of herpes infections, make sure to let your doctor know before you give birth.
Can I pass HSV-1 to my child?
Kids can get HSV-1 by kissing or touching a person with cold sores, or by sharing eating utensils, towels, or other items with an infected person. Many kids get infected with HSV-1 during the preschool years.
What if a mother has HSV-1?
HSV-1 infection in newborns — who can contract the virus from infected mothers during passage through the birth canal — can be severe, causing brain damage or death. Neonatal HSV infection affects an estimated 1 in 3,200 to 1 in 10,000 live births, Leib said.
Can babies get HSV-1 from parents?
Most HSV infections in newborns are caused by HSV-2 that the infant catches from the mother’s birth canal. Newborns can sometimes get HSV-1 from close contact with someone who is shedding HSV-1 virus in their saliva or has an active HSV-1 outbreak (cold sores).
Is HSV-1 passed genetically?
A chip off the old block, a kid inherits a multitude of his or her parents’ traits, such as eye and hair color. But new evidence suggests that parents may also pass on a common virus to their offspring hereditarily.
Do I need to worry about HSV-1?
And it’s not just the risk of spreading a cold sore that you should be worried about. If you have an HSV-1 infection, you can give your partner genital herpes through oral sex. Having an open sore increases risk of an STD by providing the virus or bacteria a direct route into the body.
Should I tell my partner I have HSV-1?
And what you describe isn’t unusual: Most adults have been exposed to oral herpes (HSV-1) and many of us do not remember having a cold sore. Oral-to-genital transmission in the absence of an outbreak is rare, so you don’t need to share this bit of news with your future partners.
How can I protect my baby from HSV 1?
How can neonatal herpes be prevented?
- do not kiss any babies.
- wash your hands before contact with a baby.
- wash your hands before breastfeeding.
- cover up any cold sores, lesions or signs of a herpes infection anywhere on your body to avoid passing on the virus.
What does HSV 1 look like on a baby?
Symptoms of HSV Infection in Newborns
The first symptom is usually a rash of small, fluid-filled blisters. The blisters can also appear inside the mouth and around the eyes. This close-up of a newborn’s mouth shows sores on and under the upper lip caused by herpes simplex virus.