How do I know if my baby has HSV 1?

Contact your doctor immediately if there are any signs of HSV infection. These include low grade fever (100.4 degrees F., or more, rectally), poor feeding, irritability, and skin rash in the form of pimples or blisters, seizures or other similar symptoms that may develop within six weeks following birth.

What are symptoms of hsv1 in babies?

A: Signs that your baby may have herpes are:

  • irritability.
  • blisters anywhere on her body.
  • trouble breathing. grunting. blue appearance (cyanosis) rapid breathing. short periods of no breathing.
  • jaundice.
  • bleeding easily.

What age can babies get HSV-1?

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 HSV-1?

A baby is most at risk of getting a herpes infection in the first 4 weeks after birth. 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.

How soon do HSV-1 symptoms appear?

Once you’ve contracted HSV, there will be an incubation period — the time it takes from contracting the virus until the first symptom appears. The incubation period for HSV-1 and HSV-2 is the same: 2 to 12 days. For most people, the symptoms begin to show up in about 3 to 6 days.

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What if my baby has a cold sore?

A pediatrician may prescribe antiviral medication to treat your baby’s cold sores. This kind of medicine is usually given through an injection to help it work better with baby’s developing immune system. Your little one might need a few doses over several weeks.

Is hsv1 considered an STD?

Although HSV-1 isn’t technically an STD, you can potentially catch the virus through sex. If you receive oral sex from a person with HSV-1, there’s a risk that the virus could make its way into your body through their saliva.

Can you transmit HSV 1 without an outbreak?

Yes. Even when no sores are present, the herpes virus is still active in the body and can spread to others. If you or your partner has herpes, reduce the risk of spread by: using a condom every time you have sex (vaginal, oral, or anal).