I was reluctant at the beginning too, but its good to share..SHARING IS CARING..ait??
Lagipun sb jarang dengar,so mungkin kurang perhatian..
Berbalik pada title..have u heard about cold sores or herpes simplex type 1..??me..??memang tak pernah dengar..Adam was affected by this virus couple of week ago..
He started with hi fever, then 3 days after, red spot such blister come out near to his mouth
Memang tak selera makan..(tp berat maintain..tu yg mommy pelik)
meet his paed Prof CT Lim from UMSC ,he said normally kena kat baby yg duduk kat nursery..but it can be b’coz he put dirty things to his mouth..(biasalah..the more he explore, the more things he will meet!!)
The paed only gv PCM to reduce the pain..and yes after 5-7 days, all the redspot disappeared
I thought of HFM(hand foot mouth disease) at first, but the redspot only appeared at mouth area..
I was so worried..cannot count how many times I went to see his paed..but Alhamdulillah...
p/s: Mommy and papa have tried our best to protect you dear..but sometimes its beyond our control..Thanks a lot to my mother who always remind me..sb kadang2 kita mudah terlupa..!!
mommies out there..feel free to read this info..
What are cold sores?
Cold sores are small, red blisters that crop up near the lips or on them. More rarely, they appear on the roof of the mouth. Despite their name, cold sores actually have nothing to do with colds; they're caused by the herpes simplex virus – usually herpes simplex virus type 1. About seven out of 10 adults carry the herpes simplex virus (HVA n.d.).
How did my preschooler get a cold sore?
Someone with a cold sore probably kissed him. Or it may have been a kiss from someone who didn't have a visible sore but had the virus in his saliva. He could also have shared a cup or straw or towel with someone who has the infection.
Once your child gets the virus, it stays in his body, hiding in nerve cells near the ear. In some people, the virus lies dormant and never causes harm. In others, it periodically wakes up and triggers cold sores. Nobody knows what stirs the virus into action, but tiredness, stress, fever, colds, and sunburn can encourage outbreaks (NHS Direct 2008).
What are the symptoms?
The first time your child gets a cold sore, he'll start off with a sore mouth and gum inflammation. A few days later, you may see a cluster of small blisters on or near his lips that turn into a shallow, painful sore, possibly accompanied by fever and swollen lymph glands in the neck.
Your child will get better in about seven to ten days, but the virus will stay in his body for life. In some people the virus lies dormant and never reappears. In others it periodically flares up and triggers cold sores.
These flare-ups are called secondary herpes. Stress, fever, and sun exposure — but not contact with a cold sore — seem to trigger outbreaks.
During these secondary flare-ups, your child probably won't have swelling of his gums or lymph nodes or a fever or sore throat, but he will have the telltale blistering on or near his lips.
Cold sores will go away without treatment, but there are some things you can do to help your child feel better in the meantime:
• to ease the pain, apply ice to the sore; or you can give your child paracetamol
• offer your child cool drinks – if his mouth is very sore, he may prefer to drink using a straw
Doctors sometimes prescribe an anti-viral medicine when the symptoms are bad. It may not have much effect once the blisters and ulcers are well developed. However, if you take it early in the infection it may reduce the duration of the pain and speed recovery a little.
• To keep your child from infecting other parts of his body or giving the virus to someone else, wash his hands regularly, use separate flannels and towels to the rest of the family, and try to keep him from picking at his sores.
• Try to keep your child from touching his eyes whenever he has a cold sore. This can cause ocular herpes, a serious eye infection. If your child develops a painful sore on his eyelid, eye surface, or on the end of his nose, call your doctor straight away. Your child may need anti-viral drugs to keep the infection from scarring his cornea.
You don't need to keep your child away from nursery or preschool if they have a cold sore. The best thing you can do is keep his immune system strong by making sure he gets a healthy diet and plenty of sleep.
Try to protect your child from the sun as well, since exposure to sunlight can trigger an outbreak. If you go outside on a sunny day, cover him with sunscreen and apply a lip balm that also contains sunscreen of at least SPF 15.
How can I prevent cold sores?
If you have a cold sore don't kiss your child until the cold sore goes away. Don't share flannels and towels with the rest of your family.
Reviewed February 2009 taken from babycenter