Clare Henderson, from Doncaster, has shared a photograph of the shocking affliction her baby suffered after being kissed by a visitor after her birth.
She claims that her newborn could have died after contracting oral herpes from the kiss.
Many visitors came to see her after she gave birth, and one of them must have been a carrier of the herpes virus. She later noticed that her baby had a cold sore and swollen lips while feeding her one night.
Though, the visitors didn’t appear to have a cold sore at the time she held the newborn, herpes (HSV-1) can be transmitted through saliva and surfaces in or around the mouth as well, according to the World Health Organization.
Ms. Henderson took her newborn to hospital straight away, and was told that she was right to take it seriously.
Brooke had sores on the back of her throat and had to be tested to see if she had brain or liver damage.
The newborn was put on anti-viral drip for five days, and is now doing well.
Children's Oral Herpes Infection
Infants and toddlers with herpetic gingivostomatitis, can develop a fever with painful blisters around their mouths and lips, on their tongues, and on the roof of the mouths, which usually is not diagnosed and goes untreated.
Infants can contract herpes from a loved one with a single kiss, if the loved one has a cold sore (5-8%) or is shedding the virus without an obvious lesion. An undeveloped immune system is susceptible to the herpes virus.
Check out Mrs. Herderson's story here.