Can I hold my baby if I have a cold sore?

Do not allow anyone with a cold sore, or anyone who you know has had a cold sore in the previous week, to hold or kiss your baby.

Can I be around my baby with a cold sore?

Babies can catch the cold sore virus through contact with a cold sore on another person. Therefore, people with a cold sore should avoid kissing babies or letting babies touch the sore.

How can I protect my baby from a cold sore?

If You Have A Newborn Baby And Someone Has a Cold Sore:

They should not kiss, cough, or sneeze near the baby to avoid their saliva getting on the baby. You may even ask them to wear a mask to cover their cold sores. You may even avoid being near that person while they have a cold sore.

What if I accidentally kiss my baby with a cold sore?

The virus spreads through saliva or skin-to-skin contact or by touching an object that was handled by someone infected with the virus. “If you have a cold sore, don’t kiss the baby because it can definitely be transmitted to their skin,” says Roxanne MacKnight, a family physician in Miramichi, NB.

Can I kiss my baby if I have a cold?

RSV (Respiratory Syncytial Virus)

Even if you aren’t feeling under the weather, if you’ve recently had a cold or sinus infection, it’s absolutely essential not to hold, touch, and especially kiss a newborn or infant. RSV can cause severe breathing problems and can also affect the heart and brain.

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Can I breastfeed with cold sore?

What if I have a cold sore while breastfeeding? If you have cold sores, it is safe to breastfeed your baby as long as the cold sores are not on the breast or nipple. If they are, it may be wise to breastfeed from the unaffected nipple only until the lesions have cleared up.

When is a cold sore no longer contagious?

Cold sores are the most contagious when fluid seeps out of the sores. Once the sore has scabbed over, the risk of passing on the virus decreases significantly, but that does not mean it is no longer contagious. Your scab can be broken while eating or smiling, and the fluid can leak out.

How do you know if cold sore is healing?

As your scab starts to flake off, there may be some residual swelling in the area. The cold sore is completely healed when the scab and flakiness disappear, leaving healthy skin underneath. Cold sores typically don’t leave scars.