” The sore is exceptional in a baby, specifies Dr Jean Lalau Keraly. In 30 years of career, I haven’t seen one! Most of the time, it is perlèche. ”
Not to be confused with perlèche
The perlèche is a infection located at the corner of the lips. “It is due to a streptococcus or to a staphylococcus. The perlèche is favored by the teat which causes a hypersalivation, and by milk and sugar. How to treat it? “It is important to clean the mouth well after each meal and to apply a antibiotic ointment local or an ointment based on zinc oxide ”, recommends the pediatrician.
There is also the gingivostomatitis which is characterized by red and swollen gums, blisters in the mouth, fever. “This infection is often due to hand-foot-mouth syndrome in small children, ”explains the pediatrician. “More rarely, the gingivostomatitis is the expression of a primary infection by the herpes virus ”, adds France Viroux, doctor of pharmacy.
And when the mother has a cold sore: what to do?
The mother, father, or any other adult in contact with an infant may have, even before the onset of the cold sore, asymptomatic excretions in saliva », Warns France Viroux, pharmacist.
Hence the importance of redouble vigilance when we have a sore and avoid close contact with an infant.
What precautions should be taken? ” It’s necessary protect the cold sore with a bandage, keep towels away of the adult suffering from cold sore to that of the baby, wash your hands well before carrying the toddler in his arms, and of course do not kiss him. ”
Parents also need to get rid of certain ‘bad habits’.
“You don’t put your baby’s pacifier in your mouth to clean it, you don’t drip the milk by putting the bottle in your mouth, and you don’t check the temperature of the mash by putting the spoon of your whole. – small in his mouth, ”advises the pharmacist.
What if the mom is breastfeeding?
“It is recommended to the mom with cold sores of wear a mask when she breastfeeds her baby to avoid skin-to-skin contamination, ”explains Dr Lalau Keraly.