i am about to give birth and i have a cold sore: should i be concerned about my unborn baby's health?

I Am About to Give Birth and I Have a Cold Sore: Should I Be Concerned About My Unborn Baby’s Health?

An expectant mom writes in asking for advice after her little brother gave her a cold sore less than a month before her due date. The mom admitted that she is scared because of all the things she reads about babies dying after they contracted the cold sore virus. Now she’s asking our community for tips and advice on what to do and how to heal a cold sore quickly.

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A member of the community asks:

“I’m due to deliver in less than a month, but for the first time ever, I’ve gotten a cold sore! Thanks to my little brother stealing a sip of my milkshake while he had them, he gave me one! I’m terrified because I see posts where babies die from the cold sore virus, and I’m scared I may be a threat to my little one if this thing doesn’t heal up quickly! Not to mention they hurt and look disgusting. How do I get rid of it? And what happens if I deliver before I’m able to? Any tips or advice?

– Mamas Uncut Community Member

Community Advice for This Expectant Mom Worried About the Cold Sore She Got a Month Out From Her Due Date

To see what advice the Mamas Uncut Facebook community has for this mom in need, read the comments of the post embedded below.

Advice Summary

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Whatever you do, if you have a cold sore and you are around a baby, do not kiss them. One commenter told this expectant mother, “Absolutely do not kiss your baby. Speak to your doctor for a pill that will clear it up.”

Another person added, “A teaspoon of baking soda and water every hour for a few days. Low sugar intake and get your rest. Baking soda helps your body be alkaline instead of acidic. When we are acidic is when the virus comes out.” One person also said, “Don’t kiss your baby or let anyone kiss your baby like ever because they’re contagious before they show up and the cold sore virus is deadly to babies under 6 months old.”

And one mom wrote, “I had a cold sore as well and delivered my daughter while I still had it. My midwife prescribed antibiotics to help clear the cold sore before I delivered and even after I delivered and I never kissed my daughter until it was fully gone. It was the most painful thing to do not kissing my daughter after she was born but she was born healthy and is now 3-and-a-half months old.”

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