Do You Know That You Can Endanger Your Baby's Life With Just A Kiss?

Editorial Team

Last week, we reported a case of a 1 week old baby that died from meningitis caused by herpes. Another mother noticed that her baby was in a lot of pain and he had cold sores taking over his face and mouth. Initially the doctors told her that he was probably just having fever or hand and mouth infection but after a while when he was still sick, she went back to the hospital and he was tested and found to have herpes.

When asked who she thought could have infected her son, she said, "It can be anybody: your best friend, your sister, your brother, or your mom. It can be anybody. Everybody needs to wash their hands and sanitize. If you see a cold sore, or anything on them, just don't let them come by your baby."

Herpes is a contagious virus that can be passed from person to person through direct contact. Children will often contract herpes from early contact with an infected adult. They then carry the virus with them for the rest of their lives.  There are two types of herpes namely Oral Herpes and Genital herpes.

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A baby infected with herpes . Source: Medthical

Oral herpes can be contacted through eating from the same utensils, sharing lip balm and  kissing, this type can cause cold sores and fever blisters around the mouth and on the face. Genital herpes (HSV-2) can be contacted from se.ual contact with a person who has herpes, having multiple s.x partner, having s.x at a younger age, being female, having another se.ually transmitted infection (STI) and  having a weakened immune system. 

Babies who are born with genital herpes can develop very severe complications such as blindness, brain damage and death. When babies come in contact with herpes they can have brain infections (cerebral palsy, intellectual disabilities, seizures, vision and hearing loss), eye disease, multiple organ infection, skin, eye and mouth infection. 

With both cases it is unclear who exactly infected the babies, but both mums were certain it could have been gotten from a kiss. A lot of people like carrying babies and kissing them, some strangers even kiss other people's babies, we have to been very careful that we are not exposing our babies to infections and diseases.