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How do I know if my child has herpes?

How do I know if my child has herpes?

Signs and Symptoms Most commonly, primary herpes is seen in children with painful blisters and erosions of the gums and the skin around or lining the mouth. There may also be fever, swollen lymph nodes in the neck, irritability, and a poor appetite.

Can children get herpes?

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.

Can herpes in children be cured?

The herpes simplex virus infection that causes cold sores is a life-long infection. Therefore it can’t be completely eliminated from the body by treatment, but the treatment may help ease some cold sore symptoms and help these to resolve sooner.

What do I do if my child has herpes?

Children usually can go to child care or school with an active infection, but your pediatrician may suggest keeping them home if they drool a lot or are having their very first HSV outbreak. See When to Keep Your Child Home from Child Care for more information.

How does a child get herpes in the mouth?

They can spread through saliva, skin-to-skin contact, or by touching an object handled by someone infected with the virus. When a child develops a cold sore for the first time (also called primary HSV), the blisters often spread beyond the lips to the mouth and gums.

Is herpes spread by touch?

Herpes is spread by touching, kissing, and sexual contact, including vaginal, anal, and oral sex. It can be passed from one partner to another and from one part of the body to another. Brief skin-to-skin contact is all that’s needed to pass the virus.

Is it safe to date someone with herpes?

Between outbreaks, it’s OK to have sex, as long as your partner understands and accepts the risk that they may contract herpes. For example, as long as you don’t have herpes sores on your mouth, you can perform oral sex on your partner, including when you have an outbreak of genital symptoms.

Can I give herpes to my child by kissing?

Herpes can only be passed through direct skin-to-skin contact with the infected area such as kissing, oral sex, genital-to-genital rubbing, vaginal, and anal sex. Herpes (both oral & genital) can be spread even when there are no symptoms or sores.

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