People are generally unaware of how widespread the disease herpes simplex is. It is a viral infection that can be caught in childhood and having a little knowledge about how to treat the disease can really help your child. Babies can also get this viral infection, so it is important you know what the symptoms are of the disease so you can identify them in your child, and begin to care to make them more comfortable.
The virus is one that can appear in many parts of the child’s body including the eyes, mouth, skin, genitals and even the brain. In some cases, although these are rare, it is possible that the disease can spread to all parts of the child’s body. Herpes simplex type I is a condition that generally affects the mouth, eyes and also around the waist. Type II of the viruses more commonly associated with the genitals.
Those children who are suffering from herpes generally acquired the infection when they are born. For children who are born vaginally there is a greater chance that they will acquire the disease at birth. Discussing genital herpes when you are pregnant is something that you will do with your doctor at the start of the pregnancy and they will be able to advise you about proper healthcare.
Interestingly, there are some cases where a baby is born with herpes, even though the mother has no symptoms of the disease herself. It is possible that young children can get herpes in the school environment. Generally a lot of items are shared and children are unaware of proper hygiene habits at this age. This can mean they will be sharing glasses, and generally putting things in their mouths that could have been in the mouths of other children. The viruses very easily spread and just this sort of contact is enough to pass the virus to another child.
Many doctors regard the virus as being harmless, but this is only because it does not put the child in any mortal danger. However, the various cold sores and outbreaks, can be uncomfortable and distressing for a child and not to mention, it is very unsightly. It is very important that if your child does get oral herpes, that they understand the steps they should take to prevent it spreading to other children.
You should make it clear to them that they should not be sharing cups with other children and they should generally avoid touching their mouth with their hands. It is always, of course, a good idea to instil habits of good hygiene to your children, such as regularly washing hands with soap for a long enough time.
The good news is there are a great many treatments that can be used for dealing with herpes. There is medication that is likely to reduce the number of outbreaks that a child has from the condition, but there are also medications that can be used once a breakout has already occurred. These medications will reduce the severity of the outbreak.
If you think your child might be suffering from herpes simplex, then the best action you can take is to go and see your doctor. They will be able to provide a definitive diagnosis and recommend a course of action for you to take. This will likely involve some sort of medication. You can also look up advice about how to reduce the risk of transferring the disease in your home, this will include various information about how to keep the virus isolated to your child and not spread it to any other family members.