Neonatal herpes simplex virus (HSV) disease, also called 'neonatal herpes' or 'neonatal HSV', is a rare, and potentially fatal, disease which usually occurs in the first four weeks of a baby's life.
It is caused by the herpes simplex virus (HSV), the same virus that causes cold sores and genital infections. HSV infections are incredibly common in older children and adults and typically cause mild symptoms, or often no symptoms at all.
There are some simple things you can do to help prevent babies from catching herpes infections. These include regular hand washing, covering cold sores and not kissing babies who are not your own.
Click on the link below to find out more about neonatal herpes and how to keep your baby safe.