June 10, 2019 at 3:58 am #38109
I have some questions about transmission for mother to child and mother to child in birth
I have a 2 year old. Hsv2 contracted after she was born a year ago. I went swimming with her last week. We was both naked in the changing room. I was putting my top on. She climbed on my lap and her bottom touch my upper vagina. Day after I had a ob can I have passed this onto her? I’m worried sick
I’ve been reading from support groups on fb that you can pass hsv2 to your children if you get this on your hands? A case where a lady had hsv2 and then got whitlow and passed onto her daughter when changing nappy
Can I pass hsv2 onto my child if I touch myself and then touch her?
Can I get hsv2 on my hands and become infected on my hands or other part of my body after touching myself?
We are planning a second child
I’m worried I will pass onto my unborn I. Labour. What the best way to prevent those c section and antivirals at 36 week? I’m worried incase I go into labour and have ob internatlly.
I have read cases where hsv attacked baby in the womb. Am I really safe to have another child? That’s in the uk too!
What’s the percentage of passing this to my child if I have c section?
Could I pass this to my child in the womb?
So scared please help
June 12, 2019 at 7:12 pm #38200
NO! There is no risk to your child from the situation that you describe. Once you have HSV 2 genitally it is extremely unlikely that you would then transfer the virus to your hands and get whitlow. And the story of the woman who had HSV 2 genitally and the got it on her hands and got whitlow and then transferred it to her baby while changing a diaper? REALLY? Sorry, not buying it. What kind of person (mother) would actually change a child’s diaper with known whitlow on her hands and not cover it with something? Please be aware that some people post things on the internet to scare people, angry that they got infected and determined to make other’s pay. I’m not saying I’m certain about THIS person, but really? I do not believe it.
While it is possible for a baby to become infected in utero, only about 3-5% of neonatal herpes happens that way. Neonatal herpes is not common by the way but it does happen. The far most common way for this to happen is for a woman who has brand new infection and may not know it in the third trimester who has a vaginal delivery and infects her child. She has no antibody so cannot pass it to her child before delivery. In your situation, you have lots of antibody and will pass to a baby during late pregnancy.
Women who already have herpes have less than a 1% chance of passing it to a baby with a vaginal delivery, far less than that with a c-section
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