Did I pass herpes to my baby???

Patient

Q: I have HSV 2 virus I believe, The doctor never really checked me when I was pregnant. Just looked at the sore on my genital and said it looks like the herpes virus. He said since I get cold sores on my face and mouth that it would test the same? So they gave me medication to take the last month of my pregnancy and everything was fine. I get cold sores and outbreaks quite frequently and I am nervous cause I know like when I'm holding my baby over my shoulder her head will sometimes bump the cold sore. Now just last night I had a sore on my face and touched it and about 15 minutes later, not even thinking, changed my baby's diaper and put cream on her diaper rash. I'm freaking out, and I'm also thinking maybe she could have gotten it before cause sometimes she'll projectile vomit and is sometimes irritable. I've never seen a sore on her but now I'm scared that the diaper rash wasn't a diaper rash. I'm being really paranoid, but I would be so upset if this awful disease was passed on to my daughter (2 months old) and then gave her a lifelong illness, I need some advice please!

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