Have you ever had a cold sore? Then you will agree with us that a cold sore is extremely annoying. Fortunately, it causes almost no complications in adults, but that is different for a newborn baby. A cold sore in a baby can even be dangerous. Read more about what a cold sore is, if it is contagious, why a cold sore is dangerous for your baby and what you should do if you have one yourself once again.
What is a cold sore?
A cold sore is caused by it herpes simplex virus. Many people are already infected with this fine virus during their childhood. A small part of these people will actually get a cold sore from this later. Once you have had a cold sore, you can praise yourself unhappy, because then you will get them more often.
When you get a cold sore it begins with an itching and burning sensation on or around your lips. After this, blisters are formed with moisture. In this fluid is the herpes simplex virus. Over time, the vesicles burst open or the vesicles dry out and crusts appear. It usually takes about 2 weeks before your lips are the old ones again.
When is a cold sore contagious?
When the blisters are filled with fluid, the cold sore is contagious. These bombs filled with herpes virus can best be kept away from other people and especially children and your baby. It is also better not to sit on it yourself, because when the moisture reaches your hands, it is spread through your hands.
Cups, glasses, cutlery or other materials that have been in contact with your blisters also turn into contagious objects. When the vesicles are dry, the cold sore is no longer contagious.
Why is a cold sore with a baby dangerous?
A cold sore is especially dangerous for newborn babies. With these young descendants, the immune system is not yet sufficiently developed. Something as small as a cold sore can have serious consequences such as meningitis or an infection of the brain tissue. This condition can even be fatal, or have unpleasant consequences if your child is older. Think of epilepsy or developmental delay.
Cold sore baby dangerous to what age?
Babies younger than 4 months are very vulnerable to the virus. So pay particular attention to your cold sores (or those of others) especially during those months. If you have never had a cold sore yourself, it is very important that you shield your child.
If you have had a cold sore before, then there is one advantage to this. You have given your baby antibodies against the virus. It is not very likely that your baby will develop a cold sore at a young age.
Baby kissed with cold sore
Your baby kissed with cold sores? Call your doctor right away. If you have never had a cold sore until after you have given birth and you kiss your baby with your infected lips, it is sometimes called 'the kiss of death' called. Your baby has not developed any antibodies and is also super vulnerable. Absolutely not doing so!
Incubation time cold sore in a baby
Are you afraid that your baby has been in contact with the virus and have you never had the virus yourself? Call the general practitioner immediately and pay attention to the incubation period. This is the time between the contamination and the development of complaints. This is about 4 days with a variation of 2 to 12 days.
Symptoms of cold sore baby
A cold sore in a baby looks slightly different than in adults. That is why it is sometimes difficult to find out whether this is the case. Therefore, pay attention to the following symptoms. Does your baby have a cold sore? Then go straight to the doctor!
- It starts with swollen gums and a painful mouth.
- Blisters appear a few days later.
- Poor drinking (keeps an eye on the number of puddles).
- The lymph nodes are swollen, they are in the neck.
- Pain on the mouth and therefore drink less.