But how many people are aware of the potential life threatening risk to a baby? A cold sore in a toddler or child is treatable.
The cold sore virus in a baby is potentially life threatening as their immune system is still developing and in the first six months they are more prone to infection (even more so if they are premature) so any kind of herpes virus can be dangerous.
Tim Verhaeghe, skin care expert for Herpatch Ulcer Gel explains: “Cold sore blisters are caused by the herpes simplex virus (HSV), which is carried by most people, but usually lies dormant. It can be passed through physical contact, such as kissing or even breastfeeding and can be life threatening for babies because of their poor immunity.”
Typically lasting up to two weeks, cold sore lesions are notoriously difficult to treat and are highly contagious. Cold sore blisters are caused by the herpes simplex virus, which lies dormant in certain nerve cells until it is activated by stress, anxiety, a cold, or excessive exposure to the sun; it is especially important for those with babies, young children or who work in hospitals, or the hospitality industry to keep any cold sore outbreak covered to reduce the risk of transferring the virus.
Easily passed from person to person, all it takes is a simple kiss or close contact
with a baby to transfer and the virus is more virulent when the skin is broken.
The virus if not visible can be hard to detect in babies but can cause drowsiness, floppiness, unusual crying, stress, fever and colds and as it hides in nerve cells, can periodically wake up and trigger cold sores
Anyone that thinks that their baby has the symptoms of a cold sore, should call their doctor straight away.
The best way to prevent a baby getting a cold sore is to stop contact with anyone who has an active sore but there is another way to prevent the spread of the virus and speed up the healing process in the event of an outbreak with Herpatch Serum +
Activated on application, Herpatch Serum + is a clever white serum which forms a thin transparent film over the cold sore lesion to protect and isolate the affected skin; simultaneously helping to prevent the spread of the virus and accelerate the healing process
In clinical trials 60 per cent of the subjects that used Herpatch Serum+ reported that the cold sore lesion was already in the healing stages after only the second day of treatment.