What is it with Cold Sores and Kids? Causes and Cures

Cold sores are also known as fever blisters and it is commonly known to be caused by a virus.

The question to be answered is this; why do some people get cold sores?  Or in particular why do some children get cold sores?

The statistics are interesting and also somewhat confusing.  When you read that 80% of us have a latent HPV -1 or herpes simplex virus type 1 it does not seem to make sense. However, when you realise that an actual cold sore attack can appear days, weeks or even years after exposure to the virus does it make more sense.

Before we continue looking at some of statistics, causes, cures and so on check out the best over the counter cold sore cure treatments here.

Worst case scenario

At their worst cold sores can spread to fingers and eyes, so watch out! Any formation of sores around the eyes will need urgent medical attention.

The very worst onset is called gingivostomatitis causing fever, swollen lymph glands and several blisters inside the mouth making it difficult to eat and drink, it goes without saying to take your infant to the Doctor if these symptoms occur.

If you have a child susceptible to cold sores you need to ensure they get into very good hygienic practices.

Types of Herpes Virus

Although there are 8 different types of human herpes virus, we are only really concerned with the recurring Virus HSV-1.  (HSV-2 can occur on mouth and genitals, although again not really associated or to be confused with the common HSV-1)

The first outbreak is usually the worst so can seem alarming for a child or parent/guardian. It may come with fever, swollen glands, sore throat, upset tummy, headache, vomiting or nausea.

Medical names

If you happen to glance at your child’s medical notes do not be alarmed to see cold sores referred to as oral herpes, labial herpes, herpes labialis or herpes febrilis.


The main body fluid involved in transmitting this virus is saliva.  Although it is unlikely to be contracted from a parent or other caregiver and more likely to be spread by kids variable hygiene habits it is worth mentioning that it can happen.  A very small child can be susceptible if they already have any injury or skin problem such as eczema or diaper rash. The best advice is to always take extra care with applying zinc creams or emollient creams with a very young infant.

No one really knows why the virus remains latent in many people (hidden in the facial nerves of the nervous system) and why it can recur in others.

There may be some genetic factors but it does not seem to be particularly hereditary.  Perhaps adults knowing they have the latent virus are more likely to be careful not to infect other people.  Some of it will be due the combined parents immune system, some people are lucky to have parents who have different immune systems offering a good combination of immunity from many diseases.

With children it can be stress, trauma, fever, colds and sunburn that trigger the cold sore to rear its head.  Food allergies and some food sensitivities may cause an outbreak.

The first sign

The first time your infant suffers it will be worse and can last up to 14 days and is best treated by a physician rather than trying to treat it yourself.

Thankfully if they get recurring outbreaks of cold sores it is not usually as bad as the first time.

Early treatment

The earlier the treatment starts the better. Treatment will reduce the time factor and pain. Children will feel the sensation beneath the skin, around the mouth or base of nose, this is prodrome stage.

  • Day 1 is prodrome described above, time to start treatment
  • Day 2 or 3 the blistering will appear. The blisters are usually on the border of the lip, occasionally on the roof of the mouth
  • Day 4 is ulceration or weeping stage, the blister is reddish and inflamed, it is the most contagious time
  • Day 5 to 8 is when the blister starts to dry up causing a crust or scab, this is just due to antibodies (usually yellow or brown)
  • Day 9 to 14 is the healing stage when the scabs form, you have to discourage your infant from picking these scabs to try and keep it clean and let it heal

Self help

  • Sores should be washed twice a day with warm, soapy water and gently dried. A bandage may help to prevent scratching and spreading the virus.
  • You can use ice to ease the pain.
  • Zinc ointment can aid healing.
  • Extra fluids can help
  • Plenty of sleep is healing
  • Your pediatrician can advise on any other painkillers suitable for the age of your infant

If you have this problem within the family you do need to be more vigilant with hygiene.  Your health care practice can advise you.  You can also seek help with available treatments in the link above or perhaps you have to start eating healthier, in that case I recommend you visit the juicer expert over at LinkedIn. They can point you in the right direction to start consuming more fruits and vegetables.

How To Guide To Get Your Cat Use The Litter Box

Many cat owners will quickly find that after bringing a new cat or kitten home they aren’t too receptive to using the litter box; at least we learned this upon bringing our new kitten home. With this said, we immediately began looking for solutions to potty training, finding out how to get her to go in the litter, and avoid making a mess all over the home.After running a quick search on Google for: “how to train a cat in 30 days” I found there were a few books about the topic and potty training in general. Within 30 days not only did we get her to go in the litter, but our home smelled cleaner, fresh, and we didn’t have to worry about stepping into accidents upon walking through the front door. These were some tips I found useful, when looking for the best methods of how to train a cat in 30 days.

Use your bathroom

79168075-cat-litter-box-location-632x475Placing the litter box in our bathroom was a great way to start the training process. On day one, I placed the litter box directly nearby to the toilet. It did take a couple of days for her to get used to the location of the litter box, but upon doing so, she immediately knew where to go when she had to use the bathroom. In addition to moving it to the bathroom, I was instructed to raise the litter box’s height, which I did. Eventually we raised the litter box high enough so that it was even with the toilet, which our cat did not have any issues reaching when she had to use the bathroom.

Place a bowl of cat litter in the toilet

pPETNA-1822115_main_t300x300This step I found to be a little odd, but following the online guide advice, I placed a metal bowl into the toilet, which had litter in it. Simply lift the toilet seat, and place a metal bowl which will hang off the inside off the toilet seat. This will serve as a “toilet” for your cat. Once she became familiar with the metal bowl in the toilet, we had to monitor foot placement. This step did take a few days. Our online guide informed use to make sure she placed her feet inside the metal bowl, rather than on the actual toilet seat. Doing this allowed her to understand where she was supposed to go, and where she should be each time she had to use the bathroom.

Remove the metal bowl

Hooded-litter-panThe final step in the training guide informed me to remove the metal bowl from the inside of the toilet. At this point in time the cat was already used to pushing the litter over to cover her own waste, and it wasn’t a difficult transition for her to make once I removed the metal bowl. She knew the feel of the litter, she understood how to balance her body (since I raised the litter box to the toilet’s level), and she knew how to cover her own waste by this point.

At first I found this training technique to be a little awkward and was worried it wouldn’t work. But, after about ten days, I realized she was learning how to balance her body, properly use the litter box, and keep her feet balanced inside the box.

This training technique is a little difficult if you only have one bathroom, but remember, it is only for 30 days. And, it does work.

Not only will your cat learn how to use the litter box, where they are supposed to go, and how to properly cover their waste, it is also going to save quite a bit of money, since you don’t have to pay a professional trainer to assist you in potty training your cat.

Although some cats may be potty trained if you adopt them, as an owner, I quickly realized I was going to have to do the training on my own. I did not know where to begin, so utilizing online resources to search for training methods did help me accomplish the training task.

Although it took a little over 30 days in total it was worth the time, effort, and now when I come home, I know there won’t be any unexpected surprises for me to clean up, since my cat knows how to use the litter box in the corner of the room.

Best Dryers For Curly Hair

Top 5 Best Dryers For Curly Hair Worth Spending Your Money On

It’s a fact that curly hair style has indisputably remained as one of the long trending styles in the beauty industry. But explaining to people with straight or wavy hair how to manage a massive mane of their curl is one thing that I have found hard to do. If the curly mane is not properly controlled, I know how easy it’s for it to get out of control. A lot of expertise, power and the precise amount of heat are required to set the curls without turning your hair ugly.Organizing big curls or take them out is not an easy task at all. There is a science behind it that you need to understand. You require a precise amount of power, heat and specific materials that are known to work the best. Time is also a crucial factor to be considered. I know very well that draining water out of the curls is one of the difficult tasks to many. This is why I recommend the use of diffuser or the concentrator as the best way of getting water out of your curls. Do you know that using the concentrator right can turn even the curliest hair straight? It’s true. For effective drying of your curly hair, here are the five best dryers I would strongly recommend.

  • 1. Pro Babnt6610 Portofino 6600
    Pro Babnt6610 Portofino 6600The dryer is one of the BaByliss models that are making it big in this industry. What makes it unique is the fact that it’s a diffuser and at the same times a concentrator. With this dryer, you have everything that you need to maintain your curly hair without any problem. It is a very easy device to operate, and you do not need any technical knowledge to operate it. What I love most about this dryer is the fact that it makes used of ionic technology and Titanium materials to keep your mane off the frizz. It is an excellent dryer for those with big curly hair.
  • 2. Cornair Pro Styler Ionic Dryer
    Cornair Pro Styler Ionic DryerIt’s another fantastic dryer worth spending your money on. One thing I love about Pro Styler is its simplicity in design and operation. With its sleek and stylish appearance, the dryer will definitely impress you with its incredible performance. It’s rated among the fastest hair dryers we have on the market. The dryer utilized the Ionic technology that will efficiently deal with any frizz to keep your curly hair looking sexy and elegant.
  • 3. Remington AC9096 Professional Ceramic AC
    Rimini Professional Ionic
    I have never come across a silk blower before, and this is what piqued my interest on this dryer. This dryer introduces a new material into the market that’s super effective in drying curls. It’s designed with a unique and yet efficient silk material technology. The dryer gets water out of your curls faster by the use of silk without frying your ends. It is very simple in operation something that I found quite interesting since it can be used by anyone. Just follow the simple directions provided by the manufacturer and you will be good to go.
  • 4. Rimini Professional Ionic
    Remington AC9096 Professional Ceramic ACI love sampling new dryers, and this XTava models has captured my interested. I was more captivated the sleek design that the dryer has been introduced into the market with. On top of that, this device is designed to be less labor intensive and thus you can work with it for a longer time compared to others. It brings a fascinating technology that keeps the frizz out of your hair leaving it very light and sexy. It is an impressive device to have, and you will definitely enjoy its services. The Xtava model is also very simple and easy to operate, and you do not require any special training to work with it.
  • 5. Sedu Revolution TGR 4001
    Sedu Revolution TGR 4001If you are searching for a dryer that will dry you curly hair in a flash, I would recommend that you to go for Sedu TGR 4001. This dryer is designed to release a lot and yet highly controlled heat and power to dry the water from your hair in a flash. It’s very easy to operate, and you do not require any technical background to work with it. Apart from that, am really impressed by its sleek and commanding looks. This is the perfect dryer that will meet all your curly hair drying expectations.

With any of these dryers, you will definitely manage your curls in their best condition. Just used them as directed by the manufacturer and am sure that the results will be amazing.