One mother is sharing her frightening near-death story in order to help others. Every now and then people usually get a cold sore that ends up going away in a few days. While it may see minor for adults, when it comes to babies, it can be fatal.
Claire Henderson, a new mom from Doncaster, England, took to Facebook to share what happened to her baby girl, Brooke, and to tell people how harmful to a baby cold sores can be: “Please share this with every new mum and pregnant woman you know… COLD SORES CAN BE FATAL FOR A BABY. “Claire is not the only one who this has happened to. In October of 2008, ABC News reported the death of a little girl who died from herpes simplex virus 1. She had a cold sore that went away in three days, therefore her parents didn’t think it was serious. A week later she passed away.
According to ABC News, “About 1,500 to 2,200 babies under 1 month old contract herpes each year in the United States, and untreated, the virus is fatal in up to 85 percent of cases.”
Claire is warning all mothers now to “not let anyone kiss your newborn’s mouth.”