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urgent coldsore and newborn question

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ILoveSaladReallyIDo Tue 01-Jan-13 13:26:03

posted here and pregnancy because not sure which will have most people in the know..

I know that you shouldn't visit a newborn if you have a coldsore
but what if the MUM has a coldsore?
I never usually get em
I have a lump and a tingle on the side of my mouth
baby imminent, what do I do??? will I have to move out?

cloudpuff Tue 01-Jan-13 13:42:14

I wouldnt kiss the baby if you do get an outbreak and make sure things that come into contact with you mouth dont go near babies mouth. I get them all the time and when I had dd midwife said no kissing as it can cause blindness in the baby, that was a long time ago now so info may have changed.

dishwashervodkaanddietirnbru Tue 01-Jan-13 13:43:55

dont kiss the baby and dont touch the cold sore and then touch the baby. DH gets cold sores but neither of my 2 children have been affected (and neither have I)

dishwashervodkaanddietirnbru Tue 01-Jan-13 13:45:59

maxbear Tue 01-Jan-13 13:47:40

Ditto the above, and breastfeed, it will give baby added protection.

mayhew Tue 01-Jan-13 15:19:07

Consider acyclovir by cream or tablet. GP can prescribe. It shortens the length of outbreak and can avert it altogether.

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