When most people bring home their new baby, they know how vulnerable he/she can be to things like the common cold or the flu. That’s why it’s so important to make sure your newborn isn’t near anyone who is sick, was recently sick or is starting to feel sick. Someone as small as the sniffles can be very harmful to your child, and again, most of us know this.
However, we often forget about other common illnesses or disease that aren’t symptomatic but could still pose a serious threat to your child. Cold sores for example.
New mom Claire Henderson from England posted shocking photos on Facebook last week of her baby covered in sores. “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.”
According to the Department of Health, newborns who catch HSV (herpes simplex virus) require hospitalization for intravenous antiviral medication for 21 days. However, even with treatment, brain damage or death can occur.
To help prevent something like this happening to your baby, be sure to tell your doctor if you’re carrying either herpes virus. Also, do not let people with cold sores on their mouth kiss your baby. And of course, do not let anyone touch your newborn without first washing their hands.
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