The Sun (23-9-15) Wrote About a Mum Who is Asking People Not to Kiss New Babies
Because Claire Henderson had never had a cold sore (or any other herpes simplex virus) her baby did not have any antibody protection when someone with a cold sore kissed baby Brooke. The newborn baby became very ill. Luckily, the hospital put the baby on an aciclovir drip and this ensured that she made a full recovery.
If you have genital herpes, cold sores, or whitlows (on the finger), your new babies have ‘borrowed’ antibody protection that will last them until they are old enough to catch things without danger. So you do not have to worry about infecting your baby.
Since no one knows the antibody status of a new baby, don’t kiss a baby that is not yours!