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Herpes Simplex Virus in Children

What is herpes simplex?

According to Wikipedia, “Herpes simplex virus 1 and 2 (HSV-1 and HSV-2), also known as Human herpes virus 1 and 2 (HHV-1 and -2), are two members of the herpes virus family, Herpesviridae, that infect humans.[1] Both HSV-1 (which produces most cold sores) and HSV-2 (which produces most genital herpes) are ubiquitous and contagious. They can be spread when an infected person is producing and shedding the virus. Symptoms of herpes simplex virus infection include watery blisters in the skin or mucous membranes of the mouth, lips or genitals.[1] Lesions heal with a scab characteristic of herpetic disease. Sometimes, the viruses cause very mild or atypical symptoms during outbreaks. However, asneurotropic and neuroinvasive viruses, HSV-1 and -2 persist in the body by becoming latent and hiding from the immune system in the cell bodies of neurons. After the initial or primary infection, some infected people experience sporadic episodes of viral reactivation or outbreaks. In an outbreak, the virus in a nerve cell becomes active and is transported via the neuron's axon to the skin, where virus replication and shedding occur and cause new sores.” Below are questions about herpes simplex virus in children that are answered by an Expert.

If a twenty-one month old is diagnosed with herpes simplex, what can do to help with the sores and bleeding gums so the child can eat?

In most cases, the parent generally would need to make sure that the child is getting plenty of liquids so that they can stay hydrated. The parent may also want to talk to the child’s doctor about a medicine that may be able to coat the sores so that the child can eat and drink without any issues. If the parent cannot get this to work, then there may be a chance that the child may need to have fluids given to them in an IV.

If a child has herpes simplex virus type one, will the break outs become less frequent as the child gets older?

In most cases, when a child has herpes simplex virus and has a cold, then the child may have a reoccurrence of the virus. If the parent wants to try and help to stop the spread of the virus, then they may try topical ointments that may help to keep the virus from spreading too bad.

If a mother has the herpes simplex virus, can this be passed through blood stream to their unborn fetus?

In most cases, when a mother has herpes simplex virus, then the virus does not transfer to the baby through the blood stream since the mother and baby do not share the same blood stream. In most cases, when a mother has the virus the doctor will perform a c-section to help keep the baby from contracting the virus.

If a baby has herpes simplex virus, can they transfer the virus to an adult?

Generally, when a baby or child has a herpes simplex virus outbreak, then they can pass the virus onto the parent or adult through direct contact of the infected area. The virus can also spread through other means of touch from the child to the adult. In some cases, the virus can be transmitted through contact with toys that the child has touched as well.

When a child gets a cold sore or they have a blister on their mouth, then this may be caused by the herpes simplex virus. When the parent is dealing with the herpes simplex virus, then they may have questions regarding how the child got the virus, what the virus is, or even how to treat the virus. When the parents have these kinds of questions, then he/she may want to seek the answers from an Expert.
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