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"My baby has a small sore on the lip, is it a cold sore?" Our specialist, Dr. Béatrice Di Mascio, pediatrician, in Paris, answers Mylène's question.
The answer of Dr. Béatrice Di Mascio, pediatrician in Paris *
- Infection caused by a virus, herpes is manifested by the appearance of painful and itchy vesicles. The herpes outbreak can appear in different places on the skin, on a finger or on the lip. In this case, it is herpes labialis.
- When you get herpes, you have it for your whole life. The virus remains dormant and can cause a push in times when the immune defenses are more fragile, in case of fatigue or viral diseases for example. It can reappear on the lip is the herpes labialis, commonly called "cold sore".
- But before that, the first contact with the virus, the primary infection, never goes unnoticed. The first herpes flare is often cataclysmic and invades the tongue and gums of red and white pimples. This will prevent the baby from eating, so it's painful. This can lead to hospitalization to limit weight loss by infusing the child.
- When a baby has already had a first herpes flare, he may have a cold sore outbreak. The pediatrician will prescribe the appropriate treatment, in ointment and orally to reduce the viral load.
- The herpes virus is extremely contagious. Parents, as well as all those who have a cold sore should not kiss the baby in particular and anyone in general.
* Author of My child from birth to kindergarten (Albin Michel)
Interview by Frédérique Odasso
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