Babies with cold sores can get a skin rash just like adults. They might get just a few blisters or an angry pink or red rash around their mouth. Babies might also have blisters on or inside their lips. Occasionally, it might also spread to their chin or cheeks.
How do I know if my child has a cold sore?
What are the symptoms of cold sores in a child?
- A small blister or group of blisters on the lips and mouth that get bigger, leak fluid, then crust over.
- Tingling, itching, and irritation of the lips and mouth.
- Soreness of the lips and mouth that may last from 3 to 7 days.
What does the first stage of a cold sore look like?
Within 48 hours, a cold sore blister may appear around your mouth or lips, though you can get them anywhere on your face, including around your nose. A cold sore results in a swollen lip as the blister develops. The blister may look like a group of small, fluid-filled bumps surrounded by red, swollen skin.
What causes a cold sore in babies?
Once a child is infected with the herpes simplex virus, the virus becomes inactive (dormant) for long periods of time. It can then become active at any time and cause cold sores. The cold sores usually don’t last longer than 2 weeks. Hot sun, cold wind, illness, or a weak immune system can cause cold sores to occur.
What if someone with a cold sore kissed my baby?
You should not kiss a baby if you have a cold sore to reduce the risk of spreading infection. Cold sores and other blisters caused by the herpes virus are at their most contagious when they burst. They remain contagious until completely healed.
Do cold sores mean you have an STD?
Having a cold sore does not necessarily mean you have an STD. Most of the cold sores are caused by herpes simplex virus type 1 (HSV-1), which usually affects the lips and is not generally transmitted by sexual contact. Though less common, cold sores may be caused by another type of herpes simplex virus called HSV-2.
How did my 7 year old get a cold sore?
How Do Kids Get Cold Sores? 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.
How do you get rid of a cold sore ASAP?
There are antiviral drugs that can help cold sores heal faster, including acyclovir, valacyclovir, famciclovir and penciclovir.
What are the best ways to get rid of a cold sore?
- Cold, damp washcloth.
- Ice or cold compress.
- Petroleum jelly.
- Pain relievers, such as ibuprofen and acetaminophen.
Is it better to keep a cold sore moist or dry?
Cold sores love warm, moist environments, and this is precisely the environment you present to a cold-sore when you slather it in cream for days on end. You’re best to let it dry out to the point where it is no longer painful, and then begin applying cream or lip balm to minimize splitting.