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Charlotte91

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Today I noticed a coldsore on my toddler's kindergarten teacher's mouth. I informed her that it would not be feasible for her to give hugs or kisses to my son. She said she did not know it could be dangerous for your children. I now am worried that she could have infected my son and then he could infect his 5 month old baby sister...

Should I take precautions like:

- not let him hold his baby sister for the next days until I am sure he did not get it?

- not let them share drinking cups or toys?

- take his clothes off after kindergarten ( can hsv transfer through clothes? )

 

If, in worst case scenario, he did get hsv1 AND then transferred it to his baby sister, what are the chances she could die from HSV1 (she's 5 months old)

 

I an worried sick... again..

 

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4 hours ago, Charlotte91 said:

Today I noticed a coldsore on my toddler's kindergarten teacher's mouth. I informed her that it would not be feasible for her to give hugs or kisses to my son. She said she did not know it could be dangerous for your children. I now am worried that she could have infected my son and then he could infect his 5 month old baby sister...

Should I take precautions like:

- not let him hold his baby sister for the next days until I am sure he did not get it?

- not let them share drinking cups or toys?

- take his clothes off after kindergarten ( can hsv transfer through clothes? )

 

If, in worst case scenario, he did get hsv1 AND then transferred it to his baby sister, what are the chances she could die from HSV1 (she's 5 months old)

 

I an worried sick... again..

 

Hi Charlotte.... so, to answer some of your questions:  First, the odds that a teacher would have kissed your child on the mouth (which is how it would be transmitted) seems very unrealistic..... I don't know where you live but, I would find it extremely unusual (if not completely inappropriate) for a teacher to kiss a kindergarten aged child (or any child for that matter) on the lips.  

Given that, the odds are about zero your child has contracted the virus from the teacher so, I would not panic and keep your children separated or worry about sharing cups/toys.... and no, it can't be transferred on clothing so, no worries there. 

Finally, your 5 month old child would certainly not die if she contracted HSV1.... the virus is not lethal.  

By the way, the vast majority of adults, and a large percentage of children, have been exposed to HSV1 at some point in their lives.... percentages in U.S. and Europe are around 70%!  It is a very common virus that most people contract as children (usually from a parent/grandparent or close relative that gives out kisses to the little ones).... it may cause a cold sore or two after that but, typically it then goes dormant as you age.... again, it's a very common virus.  

I hope that helps calms your fears.... you really have nothing to worry about.  

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