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Ds might have herpes. (Went in to Ped)

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Brought him into the er last night because he's had a fever for the past few days, he's been miserable, and he had what looked like an infection on his gum. Doc says it's viral and most likely herpes and told me to wean him to prevent the spread between him and ds2 who is due on the fifteenth. We're going to take him to the doctor for bloodwork to find out for sure, but idk what to do now. The er doctor sucked at communicating. I kept trying to ask him questions about what to do, but I got nothing. Any advice? Ds is taking antivirals but the thing we brought him to the er for in the first place isn't even being treated. The doc said it's a tooth coming out. It looks like a nasty infection in his gum.



Update. So his Ped says he won't do bloodwork to verify what it is. But to continue nursing as normal and when the baby is born I should wash in between babies. And he called in a prescription for amoxicillin in case the thing on his gums doesn't get better.
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by on Dec. 7, 2013 at 1:18 PM
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GoldenLinds
by Bronze Member on Dec. 7, 2013 at 3:09 PM
Cold sores heal pretty fast. Like one week tops. I had them at a year old and was fine. Its a virus really and that's all. Your er doc sounds like a total moron. Its not going to affect a babys whole body. Thats is absurd. Yes I would wash your bras and such. As far as in between nursing sessions I think the vinegar would do the trick. No your nipples won't get infected. It just doesn't work that way. If your sister had one when you were little its very likely you were infected too. Its just not everyone gets the sores. Its also possible you are a carrier. As long as your lo doesn't have a sore it won't spread.
Cleo07
by Bronze Member on Dec. 7, 2013 at 3:20 PM
HSV-1 is the above the waist form of herpes and it is VERY common; I think 70 or 90 percent of the population already has exposure to it by adulthood. The main problem is the it can be very serious in the first three months of life so limiting exposure is important. However, breastmilk has anti viral properties to it; it directly kills viruses so breastmilk is extremely important to help prevent it. I would also assume that breastmilk would be just as important to help your two year old fight the infection as well and prevent further infection. How often is he nursing? I would not think it would be a problem to clean the nipple area after he nurses and also put breast milk on the skin as well.

Did they put him on oral anti viral drugs or is it a cream? It should be gone in two weeks or so.

I wouldn't panic till you speak with your ped on Monday.
polkaspots
by Gold Member on Dec. 7, 2013 at 3:22 PM
We decided to bring him in today anyway, the secretary said he was packed on Monday so it would be better to come in today. I have a few days to prepare and find out what to do.

Quoting kajira:

Now THAT Would be something you'd have to ask your pediatrician, but i'm sure there's rinses to sanitize your nipples before/after nursing and I'd probably limit his nursing to certain times per day so you'll have time to prepare for nursing him... 

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polkaspots
by Gold Member on Dec. 7, 2013 at 3:25 PM
I know I won't get it on my nipples, but I'm going to be having this baby before his outbreak goes away. He's had them since the day before yesterday and I'm due on the fifteenth with baby number three, meaning I'm unlikely to still be pregnant two to three weeks from now.
I haven't been able to find any info online about cleaning things since most of what I'm finding is babies getting herpes from mom.


Quoting GoldenLinds: Cold sores heal pretty fast. Like one week tops. I had them at a year old and was fine. Its a virus really and that's all. Your er doc sounds like a total moron. Its not going to affect a babys whole body. Thats is absurd. Yes I would wash your bras and such. As far as in between nursing sessions I think the vinegar would do the trick. No your nipples won't get infected. It just doesn't work that way. If your sister had one when you were little its very likely you were infected too. Its just not everyone gets the sores. Its also possible you are a carrier. As long as your lo doesn't have a sore it won't spread.
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polkaspots
by Gold Member on Dec. 7, 2013 at 3:26 PM
And my sister didn't have it when I was little, I was in high school at the time which is why I remember it. I hadn't thought I could be the carrier though.

Quoting GoldenLinds: Cold sores heal pretty fast. Like one week tops. I had them at a year old and was fine. Its a virus really and that's all. Your er doc sounds like a total moron. Its not going to affect a babys whole body. Thats is absurd. Yes I would wash your bras and such. As far as in between nursing sessions I think the vinegar would do the trick. No your nipples won't get infected. It just doesn't work that way. If your sister had one when you were little its very likely you were infected too. Its just not everyone gets the sores. Its also possible you are a carrier. As long as your lo doesn't have a sore it won't spread.
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Mrs.Kubalabuku
by Bronze Member on Dec. 7, 2013 at 3:28 PM
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In general, I don't take much of what an ER doctor says seriously.  I wait until I can get in and see my regular doctor.

I mean, no disrespect.  But these ER doctors are TIRED, and often dealing with issues outside their typical area of expertise.  They do their best, but their entire purpose is either to admit you to the hospital so a doctor with more expertise in that area can help you, or patch you up enough to send you to your normal physician who can send you to specialists from there.

So make an appointment with your pediatrician ASAP to follow up.  You're supposed to follow up with the primary care provider within X days of the ER visit.

Until then, I say go about your day as normal, but keep in mind an abrupt weaning might be in your future.

polkaspots
by Gold Member on Dec. 7, 2013 at 3:29 PM
He's getting 7mL of a liquid antiviral acyclovir three times a day. He was nursing ten times a day and sleeping through the night but the past few days he's been throwing fits of miserableness crying and screaming and not sleeping unless he's latched on. He also hasn't been eating nearly as much.

Quoting Cleo07: HSV-1 is the above the waist form of herpes and it is VERY common; I think 70 or 90 percent of the population already has exposure to it by adulthood. The main problem is the it can be very serious in the first three months of life so limiting exposure is important. However, breastmilk has anti viral properties to it; it directly kills viruses so breastmilk is extremely important to help prevent it. I would also assume that breastmilk would be just as important to help your two year old fight the infection as well and prevent further infection. How often is he nursing? I would not think it would be a problem to clean the nipple area after he nurses and also put breast milk on the skin as well.



Did they put him on oral anti viral drugs or is it a cream? It should be gone in two weeks or so.



I wouldn't panic till you speak with your ped on Monday.
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IrishIz
by Silver Member on Dec. 7, 2013 at 4:39 PM
Wait a minute...

What makes him think he has herpes?
tabi_cat1023
by Group Mod - Tabitha on Dec. 7, 2013 at 7:47 PM

hmmm I dont think I would stress about it honestly.  I would nurse as normal.

polkaspots
by Gold Member on Dec. 7, 2013 at 8:00 PM
The er doctor thought it was herpes because the sores on his lips look like herpes. And he was vomiting and had a fever, which are symptoms of oral herpes. His Ped doesn't think it's herpes though, he said it was something else I can't spell or pronounce.

Quoting IrishIz: Wait a minute...



What makes him think he has herpes?
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