A devastated mother has published few photos on Facebook in order to raise awareness of the risk that comes with kissing babies on the lips.
This mother of little baby named Clare Henderson from UK, decided to share her story about her baby and the kiss from a well intentioned visitor.
Her baby was infected with herpes.
Do you know that oral herpes are serious condition in adults, but can be fatal in newborn babies?
The HSV-1 virus which causes cold sores can result in high fevers, seizures, liver damage and brain damage in very young babies. Some babies are born with immunity to the virus, but for those who aren’t, the risks can be severe. Clare noticed some sores on her baby’s mouth and told a friend who advised her to seek medical attention immediately. She headed straight to hospital and was told by doctors she’d done the right thing. Brooke had developed sores around her mouth as well as in her throat.
Doctors prescribed anti-viral drip for five days and luckily it’s back to health.
After the unpleasant event she decided to share the experience and to point out the dangers of cold sore virus to young toddlers.
The post has been shared over 40,000 times, and has made many other new and expectant parents aware of the issue. In the post, Brooke’s mama explains,
“The moral of the story is DO NOT let anyone kiss your newborns mouth, even if they don’t look like they have a cold sore – 85% of the population carries the virus. And if someone had a cold sore ask them to stay away until it has gone. Everyone who I have spoken to had not heard of this before and so I felt it was important to share Brooke’s story and raise awareness to stop anyone else going through what we have this week.”
And according to Doctor Andrew Orr Not everyone has herpes, but it does make sense to be vigilant. You need to have the active disease present, or an outbreak for this to happen. The person who had it would have known. Some babies are immune, because the mother has the virus.
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