• April 15, 2024

New Mother Warns Other Parents How A Strangers Kiss Put Her Baby In Hospital

Henderson says when friends and family stopped by to visit the newborn, one of the visitors kissed the baby.

One night, while Henderson was feeding her baby, she noticed Brooke had a cold sore and swollen lips.

Henderson immediately rushed her baby to the hospital.

Henderson told BuzzFeed News that one of Brooke’s visitors, who didn’t appear to have a cold sore, had transmitted the herpes simplex virus 1 to the child by kissing her.

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Brooke had sores in the back of her throat and on her lips. Doctors immediately tested the child for brain and liver damage.

“If she had been left it could have easily spread and — worst case — been fatal,”Henderson told BuzzFeed News.

Doctor Bonnie Maldonado at Stanford University told BuzzFeed News that cases like Brooke’s are rare but very serious.

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She explained that if a baby contracts a cold sore before they are a month old, it can lead to “severe neurological disease” or death. Maldonado added that most babies aren’t at risk because of antibodies from their mothers.

Brooke was put on an anti-viral drip for five days and has recovered.

Read more at KFOR 

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