One English mother is warning other parents about the dangers of letting strangers get too smoochy with your newborns. Claire Henderson’s daughter, Brooke, spent three days on an IV drip after someone kissed her on the lips. Henderson posted a warning on Facebook this month that has since gone viral.
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 [accident and emergency], 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.
Dr. Draion Burch, an Atlanta-based obstetrician-gynecologist, says, flatly, “don’t let anyone kiss your baby. That’s a big no-no.” In essence, Burch adds, “keep your lips off my baby!”
If you are concerned that your infant has been infected, Burch says the herpes symptoms to look for are fever, chills or sores, blisters, numbness or tingling on the lips. “Babies can die from herpes. It’s dangerous,” he says.
Luckily for Henderson, baby Brooke is going to be just fine. Henderson’s post has been shared more than 35-thousand times.