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HSV1 and transmission to toddler

I have had HSV -1 since childhood.  I got cold sores a few times a year.  When I was pregnant, I became very transmitting it to my baby, and started 500 mg of Valtrex daily at the end of my pregnancy.  It works very well. I didn't have an outbreak for approximately 2 years.   Then, recently, I had a bunch of dental work, and one particularly bad procedure left me with two large, painful cold sores on my lip, despite my taking 2 g of Valtrex 12 hours apart.  The baby is now about two years old.  I am determined to avoid transmitting this to her, but her hands are in my face all the time, and I'm worried about her. Whenever I think she's touched my mouth, I wash her hands right away, and I compulsively watch my own hands.   Tonight, however, she rummaged around in the garbage can where I had just thrown some paper towels I had used to wipe my face. While I was cleaning up from that, she grabbed my drinking glass and put it in her mouth. I washed her mouth right away and even wiped it with mouthwash, but I'm really terrified that she caught it from me tonight. Anyone have any sense of the odds?  
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this isn't really a risk for her. no reason to worry and there wasn't any reason to wash her mouth either.

you are doing the right thing - you don't kiss her on the mouth or eyes when you have obvious cold sores. no need for the compulsive hand washing either.

grace
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