Pregnancy / Childbirth

Attention, herpes!


It is estimated that more than half of adults are carriers of the herpes virus. If you have ever suffered from "cold" on your lips in your life, you belong to this group. For an adult (healthy) person, virus infection, possible recurrence of the disease is not dangerous. Oh, purulent pimples on the border of red lips, possibly on the nose or genitals.

It is accompanied by itching and burning. It would seem, therefore, that it is not a harmless, though embarrassing condition. Let's not be fooled! Herpes can be a dangerous disease. The younger the child touches, the greater the danger.

Infection

Once herpes "acquired" stays with us forever. Most of us received it as a child. It's extremely easy to get infected. Not only a kiss, but simply touching, refusing to wash your hands after applying the ointment, drinking from the same glass, etc. can cause the virus to spread. That is why prevention is so important.

Malicious viruses

Herpes is caused by HSV-1 and HSV-2 (Herpes Simplex) viruses. The first strain is responsible for the most common variant of herpes - labial. In extreme cases, it can also cause meningitis or eye inflammation.

HSV-2 usually causes genital herpes. It is by no means less dangerous. Both strains of the virus can have serious health consequences. Genital herpes is extremely dangerous for pregnant women, but we'll talk about that in a moment.

The dormant virus has no symptoms. Attacks when the immunity decreases. There's a reason why blemishes are called "cold". One of the reasons for the recurrence of the disease is hypothermia. Herpes usually attacks in autumn and winter, during colds. Do you suffer from herpes in the summer? This is also the case - overheating of the body is also the cause. Especially prolonged tanning.

Herpes in children

Any pregnant woman who has ever had symptoms of genital herpes should report it to your attending physician. In some cases, this will be the reason for a Caesarean section. In the case of natural delivery with simultaneous occurrence of symptoms, there is a high risk of infection of the newborn.

In toddlers, herpes infection can take many forms - from skin infection, through keratitis, to a serious attack on the central immune system.

Herpes in a newborn requires consultation with a doctor and often also hospitalization. Symptoms may include:

  • sores around the mouth and mouth
  • vesicular blemishes on the skin,
  • red tearful eyes
  • papules and bumps on the skin around the eyes.

It is very important to catch the first symptoms (if any) and start treatment before the virus attacks the central nervous system. How to recognize when this dangerous situation has already occurred?

  • loss of appetite
  • lethargy,
  • chills,
  • epileptic seizures.

The intention of this text is not to scare parents, so I will give up mentioning a number of diseases and ailments that this form of infection brings. Remember, however, that your child's life is at serious risk at this stage of infection. The mortality rate of newborns affected by this form of the disease is up to 80%. That is why prevention is so important.

Counteraction

To minimize the risk of spreading the virus, there are a few rules to follow. It is important not only to protect the toddler himself, but also to other household members. More infected are more likely to pass the virus on to the one we most want to protect.

  • you must not touch the lesions,
  • if you do it for some reason (e.g. drug application), wash your hands. We also make sure that you don't touch your child, toys, clothes, etc.
  • we don't kiss a child
  • we do not use the same cutlery, glasses etc.
  • we guard the towels! Usually each of us has our own, but if they are the same color, it's easy to make a mistake.
  • We treat! Untreated herpes can be dangerous even for an adult.

Special herpes patches are helpful, and for large lesions (or those located on the nose), disposable face masks may be useful.

Remember, herpes is not an ugly "crackling" face. It is a dangerous disease that threatens the health and life of your child. By exercising caution, following a few rules, and above all not underestimating, you can avoid serious consequences.