Shingles In Babies – Causes, Symptoms & Treatments You Should Be Aware Of

Shingles In Babies

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Do you dread the many infections that may affect your precious baby? Have you noticed any rashes or blisters on your baby and are worried? Well, if you can relate to the above situations reading this post will prove helpful.

You may be keeping your fingers crossed every time even a minor rash appears on your baby’s delicate skin. Have you heard about shingles? Find out in this article all about the viral infection that may affect your baby’s nerves and cause blisters on his body. Want to know more about its causes, symptoms and cure? Read on!

What Are Shingles?

Shingles is another name for zoster or herpes zoster. Viral infections that affect your baby’s nerves can cause this skin rash. It may appear on one side of your baby’s back or chest as a patch of irritated skin or blisters. It can also appear on any part of your baby’s body, including the face or near his eyes.

What Are The Symptoms Of Shingles?

Shingles will often appear as a bunch of small red rashes. Here are a few shingles in babies symptoms you can watch out for [1]:

  • For the first two to three days of the infection, your baby will develop new blisters. These will appear on your baby’s upper body. In some cases, these may also appear on your baby’s face, arms or legs.
  • In the next few days, the rashes will form crusts. It will gradually contain fluid and look like blisters.
  • These blisters will most likely form a single line as the virus will be traveling along a particular nerve.
  • These rashes may not be itchy but can be extremely painful.

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What Causes Shingles?

The virus that causes chickenpox also causes shingles. Here are some of the main causes of shingles in babies: [2]

  • If your baby had chickenpox before, he is prone to shingles. The chickenpox virus may end up staying in his nervous system and cause shingles later.
  • Your baby’s immune system is still developing and is vulnerable to infections.

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Is Shingles Contagious To Babies?

It is not contagious. But your baby may end up spreading the infection to others in his age group who may not have got the vaccination yet. The best way to avoid this is to keep your baby at home for a few weeks until the rashes dry [3].

Health Complications Related To Shingles:

In most cases, the infection goes away on its own, without any treatment. However, in some cases, shingles can cause certain complications in your baby:

  • Your Baby May Feel A Constant Pain: Your baby may suffer from post-herpetic neuralgia. Shingles may damage the nerve fibers and send distress signals to the brain. It can cause pain in your baby’s body that continues after the infection is over, and the rashes disappear.
  • Can Adversely Affect Your Baby’s Vision: Rashes near the eyes can adversely affect your baby’s vision. In severe cases, this can also lead to vision loss.
  • Can Damage The Nervous System: If your baby has rashes on the face, it can affect various nerves that connect to the brain. It can lead to paralysis of the face, difficulty in hearing and difficulty in balancing. In rare cases, it can also cause encephalitis or inflammation of the brain.
  • Cause Skin Infections: Sometimes, the rashes can get infected with bacteria, causing further infections like cellulitis or impetigo [4].

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How To Treat Shingles In Babies?

There is no specific cure for Shingles. You can, however, help your baby by taking certain steps at home: [5]

  • Make sure you keep your baby’s skin clean, especially the area where the rashes appear. It will help rule out any further bacterial infection.
  • Dress your baby in loose fitting and comfortable clothes.
  • Do not apply any bandage or adhesive tape on the affected area.

Even though shingles may not be infectious, it is important you consult a doctor immediately. It will help treat the infection fast and soothe your baby.

Did your baby suffer from shingles? How did you take care of your baby with shingles at home? Do share your experiences on shingles and babies here and help out other moms too!

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