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#1 seedyem1978

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Posted 08 May 2011 - 04:01 PM

I am devastated and so upset. My 3 year old has developed a cold sore. Neither my hubby nor I have ever had one, though as the pharmacist said that doesn't mean we might not carry the virus.

But I am so so sad for her, and frankly scared for me. I'm pregnant and know if I were to pick it up vaginally then I couldn't give birth naturally. And I'm terrified she'll develop something in her eye or vagina.

I've spoken to her about being careful not to touch it, and not touching her vagina, and washing her hands, but I feel so so sad.

I don't want her to feel bad or dirty, and I know it's just one of those things that pops up for lot's of people from time to time. But I feel so upset and so vulnerable.
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Posted 08 May 2011 - 05:28 PM

I understand your worry. Sarah had a mouthful of coldsores a few months ago. When I was pregnant with her I was warned that if I had an outbreak that I'd have to have a ceaser. I had one due to her being breech but was so worried about her getting them from me sad.gif My dr did explain to me that genital herpes can be caused from getting an oral coldsore, that it wasn't just an STD.
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Posted 08 May 2011 - 05:49 PM

Thanks Lib. I've just chatted to MCH line - the lovely nurse suggested we consider working on her immune system as way of ensuring they recur less frequently.

She's tested for low iron, so it's a good reminder to work on getting her health up for winter.

But it is very confronting to see your innocent, beautiful child with a crusty blister on her tiny rosebud mouth.
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Posted 08 May 2011 - 07:41 PM

My daughter gets them and has never had them spread anywhere else and she is always touching them (no matter how many times i tell her not to!)
She tends to get them when her immune system is down and is just about to get sick or has just gotten over something, so the nurses suggestion is a great one!

It is sad to see them on little ones, i knew that both my kids would get them as my mum got them and i get them...doctor told me if the mother gets them its more than likely the kids will sad.gif
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Posted 08 May 2011 - 07:56 PM

QUOTE(MrsWhitton @ May 8 2011, 07:41 PM) View Post

My daughter gets them and has never had them spread anywhere else and she is always touching them (no matter how many times i tell her not to!)
She tends to get them when her immune system is down and is just about to get sick or has just gotten over something, so the nurses suggestion is a great one!

It is sad to see them on little ones, i knew that both my kids would get them as my mum got them and i get them...doctor told me if the mother gets them its more than likely the kids will sad.gif


thanks so much for the support. I'm relieved your little one has never spread them elsewhere. We just had to intervene as she was about to use sudocreme on her own bottom and hadn't washed her hands. hopefully she'll be compliant with not touching too much, and will get used to it overtime.

I've also emailed a naturopath friend about general immune system pickmeups so that we can try to get onto it that way too.
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Posted 08 May 2011 - 08:12 PM

DS1 also has his first one this week and he is 3.5yo. I get them and only recently had one, I always try to make sure he doesn't share my drinks/utensils when I am infected but he still manages.

Can you post back in here with your friends suggestions please, I would be interested in trying to prevent them as much as possible

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Posted 08 May 2011 - 09:57 PM

sjm, I'm going to go in for a proper appt with her soon but she said to def start on a iron supplement as having low iron (which was identified about 2 weeks ago) will def contribute to low immune system. she also said that I could make a lemon balm cream if I had enough of the herb.

at the moment, we're using the zovirax seals. I like the concept of covering it up in terms of reducing the risk of cross infection and helping seal it. I would def know what to look for next time - we first saw a tiny red patch yesterday morning but didn't realise what it was until this morning. it got redder during the day yesterday, but we'd not seen it before so it's didn't really occur to us what to do. We wont delay so much in the future!
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Posted 08 May 2011 - 10:03 PM

You are more than welcome smile.gif
You will find that she will just need more explanations from you but it will sink in, wont stop her from touching them completely but if you keep reminding her she will learn smile.gif

Just out of curiousity when she was younger did she have any episodes of really bad mouth ulcers/bleeding gums?

My daughter did at around 13mths, really bad bleeding gums, ulcers all over her lips inside of her gums, tongue...so bad she couldnt even suck a bottle sad.gif
Took her to the doctors and he said that is was a case of coldsore/herpes but as she was so young and the first time is always really severe.


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Posted 09 May 2011 - 07:14 AM

Thanks Mrs W - no, she's never had anything like that. I'd read the same thing about the first case being really bad. But as far as I know this IS the first episode.

We've mostly just said that we know it hurts, but it will feel better more quickly if she doesn't touch it. And that we don't want to have the same sore place on her bottom or vagina which is why she oughtn't to touch them.
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Posted 09 May 2011 - 07:29 AM

Poor thing sad.gif I've suffered from cold sores for years and years and years, they are so painful. I'm always terrified I'll get one while I'm pregnant, and last year I had one and it was awful not being able to kiss or hold my little one close sad.gif It would be so much worse to be so young and not really 'get' what it's all about.

Like everyone else has said, I get them when I'm really run down or stressed- so avoiding those situations help me avoid a cold sore.

It's no reflection on you as a parent, unfortunately it's just one of those things- you are doing all the right things, and like you said, you'll know what to look for next time. Most of the time I get early warning signs, and can start applying cream even before there is a physical sign of the sore (like a tingly lip?).

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Posted 09 May 2011 - 02:34 PM

just to follow up - my friend's suggested floradix floravital as an iron supplement - it's based on herbs so is said not to bind the bowel as badly as traditional iron supplements. the "vital" version is gluten free which is necessary for my daughter's diet.

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Posted 10 May 2011 - 09:35 AM

Goodluck, hopefully they will be few and far between smile.gif
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Posted 10 May 2011 - 10:27 AM

Well, we popped past a different pharmacy this morning as I realised I'd forgotten to put the cream on today. This pharmacist said he suspected a school sore rather than a cold sore. They are very contagious but more bacterial than viral.

It makes more sense to me that it would be that, so we've got an appt to to see the Dr at 12 - I beleive it's an antibiotic situation but that once treated they're no more likely to get it again than they were to get it the first time (if that makes sense!).

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