A mother from UK named Claire Henderson has taken Facebook to raise awareness of the risks involved on kissing newborn babies on the lips.
The worried mother has warned parents NOT TO LET ANYONE kiss their babies on the lips after her daughter, Brooke had contracted oral herpes from a visitor that lead the baby for being hospitalized for 5 days.
According to mother Claire, sores began to appear on Brooke’s then the sores eventually developed at the back of her throat and on her lips. Claire then headed straight to the hospital after her friend advised her to seek immediate medical attention.
With a thorough assessment of the baby, the doctors found out that Baby Brooke’s sores are caused by Herpes Simplex Virus (HSV-1). Thus, doctors placed the baby on an antiviral drip for 5 days to prevent complications caused by the virus.
Oral herpes are said to be fatal in newborns. Research have shown that, 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 an immunity to the virus, but for those who aren’t, the risks can be very severe.
Fortunately, Baby Brooke survived and is now doing well.
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 carry 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,” according to Claire’s Facebook post.