My Dh's family get cold sores. I have a c-section booked for just over 2 weeks time... and when I just saw his grandmother last week, her lips, the skin between her nose and her nostrels are all covered in sores She has cancer and so her immune system is bad and the virus is making her sick. However she is european and everyone kisses on the lips and face etc when seeing each other. So the other day, I notice now that FIL has 2 cold sores, Aunt in law has them all over her mouth, and SIL and MIL were complaining that they think they are going to get one soon as their lips are tingling.
Now I am freaking out... .
Does anyone know the actual risk of cold sores and newborns? I couldn't get my grandmother in law NOT to kiss my 2 girls when we saw her, and FIL kept "forgetting" not to kiss their heads etc which doesn't matter I guess as they are older and have hair covering their heads. I am just worried about this happening to my newborn in a couple of weeks. I have never had the virus, nor has anyone in my family and DH has never had it since we have been together, so I am pretty sure I don't have immunity and therefore won't pass any onto my baby, which puts him more at risk right?
We didn't see family last time straight after our daughters births as we didn't live near them so I didn't have to worry. I also didn't know about the cold sore risk!