I have Herpes simplex virus 2, I may have passed this to my baby boy?

I’m a 26 year old female who was diagnosed with HSV2 in 2009. I gave birth to my son in 2013 and had an outbreak the day after I gave birth to him vaginally. He did not show any signs of infection after birth that we noticed but he currently has a rash on his genital area that concerns me. The shaft of his penis is very red and irritated and he does have a red spot on the head. No raised blisters or lesions. Should I be worried? Did I pass this to my son?


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Dr. Ayman Darrag
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Dr. Ayman Darrag

It is possible that you may have passed the virus to your baby during vaginal delivery.at the same time I do not think what is now on your baby’s genitals a herpes activation symptoms as they usually appear in few weeks after delivery as a skin infection and blisters not rash..
This could be a diaper rash.
See the pediatrician for examining the rash and giving the treatment and to be assured nothing bad is there.

Dr Ahmed Fawzy
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Dr Ahmed Fawzy

In my opinion you are not describing HSV2 , this looks like wet diapers to me
However keep close observation to any blisters

Good Luck

Dr Mahaveer
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Dr Mahaveer

hi
there is a possibility that this may be transmitted HSV.
but unless i see the rash,i cannot be sure about it.
diapers allergy can also cause such rashes .
be optimistic.
consult a dermatologist and get it confirmed.
thanks

shw12
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shw12

HI
THIS CAN BE HSV BEING TRANSMITTED TO THE BABY IF YOU HAD NOT TAKEN TREATMENT FOR HSV IN 2009.
BUT OTHER CAUSES OF SUCH RASH ALSO NEEDS CONSIDERATION.
SEE A SKIN SPECIALIST FOR CONFIRMATION

mrsshalini14
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mrsshalini14

hello there
less likely to be HSV. seems more of diaper rash.
application of anti histaminic ointments can help.
see a skin specialist if it does not respond.

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