Kids are adorable. They’re tiny, cuddly, and deserve all the love and affection. But whatever you do, make sure you aren’t kissing them, especially on the lips. While the gesture may seem harmless, it could actually end up endangering the child.
In a viral Instagram post, a mother, Leah Green, recently shared how her daughter Sadie contracted a horrible mouth infection.
Green explained that when her daughter was almost two years old, she was kissed by an adult on the lips. The adult had a cold sore and by kissing the baby, they passed it along to her.
“She got two small spots on her lip then spiked a temp of 39. Within hours the spots were spreading across her face and white spots formed in her mouth, which turned into this awful puss like stuff that was especially behind her teeth. The slightest touch would make the spots bleed and she would scream in agony,” Green explained.
The mother also shared several photos of the child’s mouth, urging other parents to learn from this and protect their children.
Green said, Sadie was unable to eat or drink, which caused her to lose weight and become dehydrated.
“She was absolutely miserable and stuck to my hip for four days straight! Just attempting to put her down made her scream! We went to the Dr to get cream for the spots on her lip, but it was a waiting game for it to clear up,” she said.
The mother also explained that it was “horrific” to see her child in so much pain. Green ended her post with words of advice to other parents.
“Please, please, please DON’T kiss or let anyone kiss your babies. It doesn’t matter who they are or if you think they will be offended. Hurt their feelings and keep your babies safe,” she said.
Cold sores are small blisters that develop on the lips or around the mouth. They’re caused by the herpes simplex virus, and will typically go away on their own.
However, it is possible to be infected with the herpes simplex virus and not immediately show symptoms. That said, in order to protect the tiny humans in your life, take Green’s advice.