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Don't Let People Kiss Your Newborn – Warns A Young Mom, Whose 11-Day-Old Son Nearly Died From A Cold Sore Virus

Date September 27, 2018

11-day-old baby almost died after he caught a cold sore virus

Lucy Kendall and Jaz Miller, young parents from Kingston upon Hull, were overjoyed when they welcomed their son Oliver on August 3. Never in a million years had they imagined that their baby boy would be fighting for his life in less than two weeks.

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When Oliver was just 11 days old, he stopped feeding and was running a fever. The next day, his parents rushed him to the hospital.

The boy was placed in the High Dependency Unit, and, after 8 days, he was finally diagnosed. Oliver had neonatal herpes.

Doctors explained to Oliver’s parents that he may have contracted the virus after being kissed by someone with cold sores. Lucy and Jaz were at a loss, as neither of them had cold sores, and no one with cold sores had kissed their baby.

After three weeks in the hospital, Oliver was finally discharged. He would be receiving treatment over the following six months, and he would need a number of follow-up visits, Lucy wrote on Facebook.

Lucy wrote a post about their ordeal to warn other parents about a cold sore virus.

The young mom realizes it was a close call:

We're the lucky ones! A few hours later this could be reading so differently.

Fortunately, the boy is doing fine now.

Oliver really is the lucky one

Sadly, many other newborns are not so lucky. Earlier this year, a mom from Texas wrote a heartbreaking post about her son Raiden’s untimely death. The boy’s postmortem revealed that he had been infected with herpes simplex virus 1 (HSV-1), also known as a cold sore virus.

Raiden is just one of many newborns who has died from complications of herpes virus infection. How can these tragedies be prevented?

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How to lower your baby’s risk of catching a cold sore virus

Herpes simplex virus 1 (HSV-1), also called a cold sore virus, is one of the most common viruses – it’s estimated that more than half of all adults have been infected with it at some point in their lives.

Once you become infected with the virus, it stays in your body for the rest of your life. It can cause you to develop cold sores from time to time, especially when your immunity is slightly weakened.

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While the virus is unlikely to cause much harm to healthy older children and adults, it can be deadly to newborns. Newborn babies’ immunity is not mature enough to contain the virus, and babies can develop serious complications, such as meningitis and encephalitis. That’s why you have to take measures to protect your baby, especially in the first few weeks of his or her life.

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Here’s what you can do to keep your baby safe, according to UT Southwestern Medical Center:

  1. To protect your newborn baby from HSV-1 and other viruses and bacteria, make anyone who wants to touch or hold your baby wash their hands first.
  2. Don’t let anyone with a cold sore or anyone who’s recently had a cold sore touch and kiss your baby.
  3. If you can, refrain from taking your baby to crowded public places in the first few months of his life to lower the chances of exposure to HSV-1 and other germs even further.

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Don’t think these measures make you look overprotective. These steps are the right steps to take, as they can help save your baby’s life!

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