Cold sores are small, painful, fluid-filled blisters that can appear on the lips, mouth, or nose. They are caused by the herpes simplex virus and can be very contagious. If you have a cold sore and you kiss your baby, it is important to take steps to protect them from catching the virus. This article will explain the signs of a cold sore, and how to protect a baby from a cold sore kiss.
Signs of a Cold Sore
Cold sores are usually red and painful and can be accompanied by a fever. They can also cause a burning or tingling sensation on the affected area before the blister appears. Other symptoms of a cold sore include swollen lymph nodes, a sore throat, and a headache.
How to Protect a Baby from a Cold Sore Kiss
If you have a cold sore, it is important to take steps to protect your baby from catching the virus. The best way to do this is to avoid kissing your baby until the cold sore has healed. If you must kiss your baby, make sure you wash your hands thoroughly before and after the kiss. Additionally, avoid sharing utensils or other items with your baby, such as cups, straws, and towels.
If your baby does develop a cold sore, it is important to take them to a doctor as soon as possible. The doctor may prescribe an antiviral medication to help clear up the cold sore.
Cold sores are highly contagious and can be passed on to a baby through a kiss. If you have a cold sore, it is important to avoid kissing your baby and to take steps to protect them from catching the virus. If your baby does develop a cold sore, it is important to take them to a doctor as soon as possible for treatment.