Visitor Gives Newborn Baby a Kiss of Near-Death
If you like kissing babies, raise your hand. *raises hand* In fact, I think I'd raise both hands to that. During my time at a kindergarten just south of Shanghai with a bunch of 2-year-olds, I did little more than kiss baby cheeks all day long. And can you blame me? Look at those cheeks! Everyone loves kissing babies!
But while your reason for kissing those chubby cheeks is to spread love, there's a decent possibility that you are spreading a little more than that.
All moms of all species are defensive of their young, hence the term “mama bear” beings used as a metaphor of a ferocious and protective mother. So the desire to keep one's babies safe is nothing new. That being said, moms go to huge lengths to protect their newborns — some of those lengths being that no one except immediate family was allowed to kiss the baby.
And after you read this story, you may start doing the same.
Claire Henderson, a new mother from the UK, had reached the month mark of being mother to her baby girl, Brooke, when she noticed something a little off. When she admiring that adorable fact, she noticed some sores on her baby's mouth:
Open, painful sores.
After Henderson rushed her baby to the hospital, she came to find out that her baby had cold sores and had most likely contracted them from someone who had cold sores.
Now, cold sores are kind of interesting things. As you may know, cold sores are a type of herpes, and they come and go for 90% of all people, so there pretty common. The interesting thing about them is that even though the cold sore may be completely gone, once you’ve got the cold sore virus, it’s there to stay. “Herpes is forever,” said Danielle M. Miller, MD, in an article with Everyday Health. “Once the herpes simplex virus gets in your system, it stays inside a nerve and can come back any time.
So the person that passed the herpes virus to Baby Brooke probably had no signs of cold sores anywhere and was more than likely completely unaware that the virus still lived inside him/her. Brooke is doing well now, but the fact that cold sores can prove to be deadly in babies in frightening, quite frankly.
Can you outlaw kisses for baby? I actually know of a couple people that do that — they tell visitors “no kisses” for baby until he/she reaches [insert age here]. One thing my parents did was allowed head kisses only. (They were of the opinion that any virus/germ/sickness would get caught in the baby's hair and would eventually be washed out.)
What are your thoughts? Are you leery of allowing people to kiss your baby at such a young age? Let me know!