[Question #6588] Child touching dads sore

13 months ago
Good day, my husband kissed my 4 year old daughter on the face a few time during stage 1 of a cold sore and she touched his lips a few times  because they were playing. His lip was red and didn’t have a full blown blister yet so we thought it was a pimple. That evening he said he felt tingling. The next morning he woke up with a huge blister. I’m concerned for my daughter that she touched his sore and then rubbed her eyes and touched her mouth, etc. She has chapped lips and visible cut from dryness. I’m also scared of the kissing he did on her face.  Need to know how much of an exposure this means to our girl.
Terri Warren, RN, Nurse Practitioner
Terri Warren, RN, Nurse Practitioner
13 months ago
I think the likelihood that this would result in an infection for your daughter is really low.  And if she is going to get oral herpes from this kiss, you would see symptoms within 2 to 10 days.  But I don't think that there was enough contact with the right places with the right stage of lesion for her to become infected.  Her face has thick enough skin that virus penetration is just not going to happen so I wouldn't worry at all about the kiss on the face.  I also don't think her touching his lips would be a worry.  The worry would be direct contact between his mouth and hers, if there is any worry here.

Terri
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13 months ago
Thanks Terri. Last 2 questions. With my kids being small we’re being invited to a lot of birthdays. I noticed at one bday the lady serving cake was licking her fingers and then touching to cake slices to serve the children.  If she has an active sore or has herpes what is the risk here for my child to get infected?  Kids immediately eat as you know.  Finally what is the risk of stepping on fresh saliva on bare feet and getting infected if the saliva came from someone with a sore? My kids have eczema on their feet so they can have cuts sometimes. Sometimes their flipflops come off while walking or they want to run outside without shoes.
Terri Warren, RN, Nurse Practitioner
Terri Warren, RN, Nurse Practitioner
13 months ago
Both the cake question and the barefoot question present realistically zero risk of acquiring HSV 1.  This is simply not how HSV is spread from person to person.

Terri
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