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Mom Issues Warning After Baby Ends Up Looking Like This

When you have a new baby, many people seem to flock your way to get a glimpse. Some try to do even more than that: they want to hold the baby, kiss the baby, pinch his cheek or hold his hand. Most parents don't think much of it when a relative, friend or neighbor attempts to shower affection on a little one, but a mom in Iowa wishes that she had been more careful. She posted a photo of her son and issued a warning to other parents.

Samantha Rodgers, a Des Moines, Iowa mom, says that when you let someone hold your baby, you're taking a risk. People can look perfectly healthy, but they may be carrying a virus that they can pass on to a defenseless baby. That's what happened to her son, Juliano, and he'll now have to suffer from it for the rest of his life.

Rodgers says that someone who held her son at some point passed on the herpes virus to her baby. She had no idea until sometime later, when she noticed blisters breaking out around her son's mouth. She rushed Juliano to the hospital on July 21, where doctors told her that he just had the flu, or that he'd picked up Hand, Foot and Mouth, disease, which is painful but eventually clears up on its own.

Things continued to get worse. "His sores were growing onto his hands and his neck and his stomach," Rodgers said.

Juliano was brought back to the emergency room. It was there that he tested positive for herpes simplex type 1.

HSV-1 is usually harmless to adults, but for babies with an underdeveloped immune system, it can be deadly. In June, a one-week-old baby was exposed to the virus and ended up contracting meningitis. That baby died.

Thankfully, Juliano is recovering, but it's something he'll have to deal with for the rest of his life.

"It sucks because it’s a lifelong problem now," said the young mother. "I don’t know how to handle this. I am trying my best. It breaks my heart, and I can’t do anything to help him."

The problem with herpes is that, between outbreaks, someone suffering from the virus can look perfectly healthy. Since it was first identified as a sexually transmitted disease, there is a stigma it carries, so sufferers are usually reluctant to let people know they have it. While the virus can be sexually transmitted, it doesn't have to be. Carriers can pass it on to others through casual contact.

"All I can say is just be cautious, it can be anybody your best friend, your sister, your brother, or your mom," said Rodgers. She posted photos of Juliano with painful blisters all over his face and chest to illustrate his pain. She hopes other parents will heed her warning.

"If you see a cold sore or anything on them just don't let them come by your baby."

Source: Daily Mail
Photo: YouTube

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