A baby from the UK fought for her life after contracting herpes virus in the eye after someone kissed him during a baptismal ceremony.
According to The Sun, newborn Noah Tindle was four weeks old when his mother Ashleigh White noticed inflammation and blisters in her left eye.
She told the news that a first medical consultation last September suggested that there could have been a benign blocking of the tear duct. But after swelling and discoloration got worse, she took the baby to a clinic to get a second opinion.
Little Noah was then remanded to Barnsley Hospital where doctors tested him and confirmed he had been infected with herpes simplex virus 1 (HSV1).
"I read something on Facebook about another baby who had the virus and the blisters looked exactly the same," he told The Sun.
"What I didn't realize is that even if you don't have a strong cold sore, you still have the virus in your system and saliva, which means you have to be extremely careful."
She said doctors told her that Noah had probably contracted the virus for a kiss.
"We went to a baptism where our friends hugged him and kissed him, it could have been one of them," he said.
Noah spent more than two months in the hospital receiving treatment for the infection. While herpes virus is benign for healthy adults, children may suffer from complications, including death.
"We managed to detect it before it could enter the blood," said the Sun's light mother. "He couldn't open his eyes for days."
She said that Noah received intensive antiviral drugs intravenously for two weeks, followed by prophylactic medications for another six months. He got a relapse in March and received another round of intensive medications.
"We still have a long way to go before we leave the dark," her mother said.
The mother said, "I just want more people to know about the risks and consequences of kissing a baby, especially a newborn when you suffer from cold sores."
She added: "Please, please, please, don't kiss the newborns."
Herpes simplex virus
Herpes simplex virus is an infectious virus that is transmitted through direct interpersonal contact.
According to Healthline, about 67 percent of people are 49 and younger carriers of the virus, although they can never experience an outbreak.
Infants receiving herpes virus can develop serious complications, according to Healthline, which include blindness, brain damage and death.
People who get the herpes virus will have it for the rest of their lives and there is no cure. Treatment focuses on alleviating some of the symptoms, which may include open wounds.
A baby spends 4 days in the hospital after being kissed by a family member
In related news, a baby in the UK spent four days in the hospital after a family member kissed her on her lips. Apparently, the family member had a cold sore, but the child developed a painful rash as a result.
It is said that Kaylah Merritt, from Durham County, almost died when a purple rash covered her body.
According to the Daily Mail, Kaylah was diagnosed with herpes eczema, which is caused by the herpes simplex virus, which can cause cold sores.
Brogan Thomas and Connor Merritt took Kaylah to the hospital. She needed two rounds of antibiotics, the doctors told the newspaper.
His parents said that the anonymous person who kissed the child had cold sores. They issued a warning after the scare.
"When the doctors told me how dangerous it was, I cried and shouted that I might have lost it because of a slight kiss," Brogan said. "Connor was surprised and couldn't believe that all this had been caused by a kiss."
She added: "If we hadn't gone to the hospital fast, it could have been very dangerous, we could have lost it."
"It was a horrible nightmare, it was purple rash everywhere and Kaylah shouted a lot."
She added: "The doctors told us that someone with cold wounds should have kissed her on the lips and, because the child's immune system is not strong enough, she developed the rash."
Brogan has shared his story as a warning to other parents.
"I felt very lightweight when Kaylah was out of danger," he said before adding: "I just want other parents to know, you don't have to be physically ill to hurt a baby. You can be a carrier of the virus and it still affects them. "
Jack Phillips contributed to this report.
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