Claire Henderson didn’t think much when an acquaintance kissed her baby girl Brooke on the mouth. After a few days, Henderson became concerned when she began to notice cold sores developing around Brooke’s mouth.
That’s when a friend put the clues together and told her that it was possible that Brooke had contracted the cold sores from whoever kissed her. Luckily, that friend was right.
Henderson is now warning other parents about the dangers of cold sores. Infants younger than three months old cannot fight the herpes simplex virus. Most adults will see it clear up in a few days without treatments, but it can have dire effects on babies.
“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, and we have now been in hospital on a drip fort three days and have got another two to go,” Henderson wrote in a viral Facebook post.
Fortunately, all of Brooke’s tests came back clear. However, Henderson warns to not let others kiss your infant. Nearly 85 percent of the population carries the herpes virus.
Even if someone doesn’t look like they have a cold sore, it doesn’t mean they aren’t a carrier.
“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,” she said.
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