How sad… You should be warned though… those of you who allow your babies to be ‘pecked’ or ‘kissed’ by individuals all in the name of them adoring the baby and all.
A pained mother has learnt the hard way after her baby contracted herpes by kissing a family member. Claire Henderson, a mother from Doncaster, England shared photos of her newborn to Facebook on Facebook.
She captioned the pictures with a message to moms on why it’s important to not let anyone, including friends and family kiss your baby:
“Please share this with every new mum and pregnant woman you know… COLD SORES CAN BE FATAL FOR A BABY. Before 3 months old a baby cannot fight the herpes virus. If a baby contracts this it can cause liver and brain damage and lead to death.
I know this sounds like I am scaremongering but if my friend had not told me about this my baby girl could have been very seriously ill. I noticed the signs early and got her to A&E, we have now been in hospital on a drip for 3 days and have got another 2 to go.
She was VERY lucky, all her tests came back clear. 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.”