Do you know why you should never kiss a baby with a cold sore? There have been many stories in the media about the dangers of kissing babies when you have a cold sore, and one baby died in 2013 when they were infected with the cold sore virus after they were kissed by their father, who was unaware of the risks.
Don’t kiss a baby with a cold sore
The virus that causes cold sores, herpes simplex, is extremely contagious and can easily be passed on when direct contact occurs. Once the virus has been contracted it usually remains inactive. However, if it does become activated, cold sores can occur. Cold sores are normally preceded by burning, itching or tingling in the mouth. Many people get cold sores around three times a year, but some people only ever have one in their whole lives. Some people have the virus but it is never activated. Cold sores become contagious when they are burst, and remain so until the healing stage is complete.
Babies have weak immune systems, and you should never kiss a baby with a cold sore or get into close contact with one. You should also avoid pregnant women, people with HIV or anyone with a weakened immune system. These groups are more prone to infection. Babies under six weeks are at particular risk. It is hard to detect the virus in babies but you may wish to consult a medical professional if they lose interest in food, become drowsy or start to cry in an unusual manner.
Most cold sores clear up without treatment being needed within seven to ten days, though you can treat your sore with an antiviral cream to try and speed up the recovery stage. You can also use special cold sore patches. Make sure you never share creams. Wash your hands carefully after you have applied them.
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