Neonatal herpes simplex
Neonatal herpes simplex is a rare but serious infection caused by the herpes simplex virus (HSV) that affects newborn babies. It can be transmitted to the baby during childbirth if the mother is infected with HSV, usually through genital herpes.
Symptoms of neonatal herpes simplex may include fever, difficulty feeding, irritability, and lethargy. The infection can also cause skin rashes, sores on the skin and mucous membranes, and eye infections. In severe cases, neonatal herpes simplex can cause serious complications, such as meningoencephalitis, organ failure, and death.
Treatment for neonatal herpes simplex typically involves antiviral medications and supportive care, such as intravenous fluids and pain management.