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These Graphic Photos of a Baby with Cold Sores Are Terrifying

Babies get lots of kisses—it’s just a fact of life. But a terrifying new story highlights why you might want to keep other people’s lips away from your little one.

U.K. mom Claire Henderson recently posted a story on Facebook that has gone viral, detailing how her baby girl Brooke was hospitalized after getting cold sores…which Claire thinks she got from a kiss.

 

Please share this with every new mum and pregnant woman you know... COLD SORES CAN BE FATAL FOR A BABY. Before 3 months...

Posted by Claire Henderson on Tuesday, September 15, 2015

 

She shared a photo of baby Brooke with bumps around her mouth and an IV in her foot. “Before three months old, a baby cannot fight the herpes virus," wrote Claire. "If a baby contracts this, it can cause liver and brain damage and lead to death.”"

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Claire says she happened to hear about this from a friend, so she took Brooke to the emergency room as soon as she showed signs of developing cold sores. Brooke needed to be in the hospital for five days on an IV drip but luckily was okay.

“The moral of the story is DO NOT let anyone kiss your newborn’s mouth, even if they don't look like they have a cold sore—85 percent of the population carry the virus,” Claire wrote, adding that everyone she spoke to about it had never heard of this before.

AHHH!

Is this true?

Unfortunately, yes, says women’s health expert Jennifer Wider, M.D. “It can be very serious,” says Wider. “Newborn babies can become sick rapidly with high fevers and seizures and become non-responsive and lethargic.”

A newborn’s immune system is not fully matured, she explains, and as a result, is not as efficient as an adult’s or even an older child’s immune system.

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Wider says the severity of a baby contracting the herpes virus from a kiss varies, depending on how long the kiss was and what the viral load was on someone’s mouth.

But you can protect your baby. “This case shows us that we should not allow anyone, including family members or siblings to kiss a newborn on the lips,” says Wider. Since herpes is transmitted through direct skin-to-skin contact, she also stresses that everyone should wash their hands before touching your baby.

And if you notice your baby shows any signs of herpes—low-grade fever, poor feeding, irritability, and skin rash (via pimples or blisters) around the mouth or elsewhere—call your doctor ASAP.

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