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“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 almost started this post, “Dear White People…” but I’ve seen this happen with us, too, y’all, so nobody is safe.

So earlier this week, a new mom put up what was probably the most horrifying thing I’ve seen in a very long time.

Her newborn contracted herpes after a friend with the virus kissed the baby on the mouth.

Oh…em…gee.

And no, I’m not horrified just because, ew, herpes, and ew, mouth-kissing babies. A lot of people really have no clue just how harmful a seemingly simple smooch can be to a brand-new immune system. Literally, a newborn with herpes can suffer from liver and brain damage, and can even die.

Ish gets real.

This baby in particular not only developed cold sores on and around her mouth, but also had sores in the back of her throat. If the virus had continued to go unchecked or untreated, it could have been fatal.

The baby’s mother posted a warning on Facebook to friends and family about the dangers associated with the virus , especially when it comes to infants:

“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.”

So far, her post has almost 44,000 shares.

So keep foreign lips off your children, parents, and um, people, if you have herpes and you’re going around kissing babies… *side eye* shame on you.

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  • Dr.Rue

    Couldn’t have been my baby. Soap and water – deep condition hand wash, lysol, baby cloth, medical history check before you even see my baby.