Neonatal herpes is a herpes infection in anewborn baby. It's caused by the herpes simplex virus, a highly contagious virus that can cause coldsores and genital ulcers in adults.

Herpes can be very serious for a young baby,whose immune system won't have fully developed to fight off the virus.

Thankfully, neonatal herpes is rare in the UK andcan be Neonatal herpes (herpes in a newborn baby) .

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Medically Reviewed by a doctor on 25 Nov 2016