A 22-year-old English mom is warning parents after she made a disturbing discovery while getting her 1-year-old ready for a bath.
Brogan Thomas was taking off her daughter’s clothes to put her in the tub last month when the toddler started screaming, according to People.
When she got the Kaylah undressed, she saw that the toddler was covered in red marks and “it looked like she’d been in a fire.”
Thomas rushed her daughter to the hospital where it was determined that she’d been infected with herpes and developed a strong reaction because her immune system wasn’t as strong as an adult’s.
Kaylah had to remain in treatment for four days and could have died, said doctors.
The mom later learned that the infection like came from a kiss given by someone with a cold sore. However, Thomas doesn’t know who that could have been.
She’s now warning other parents that kisses from strangers can be dangerous.
Thomas took to Facebook where she shared photos of her daughter’s herpes along with a powerful message.
So I've just seen a post about how parents go over the top about people kissing the child on the lips and that it's…
The mom wrote:
So I’ve just seen a post about how parents go over the top about people kissing the child on the lips and that it’s perfectly fine? Well I can tell you now that’s not the case. I’ve been there with my Kaylah when someone who’s had a coldsore has kissed her on the lips,one minute she was ok the next she wasn’t, numerous hospital admissions and scares and this was the result herpercitum!
Please please don’t kiss children on the lips ( but parents)! We was very lucky we caught it when we did!
Kaylah will now have herpes for the rest of her life. The mom said it’s unclear if her marks will ever clear up fully because she’ll always carry the virus, People reports.
Thomas said the toddler is “still very uncomfortable, not sleeping as well as she normally does and really clingy to both me and her dad.”
She hopes their experience will help educate others about the dangers of a seemingly innocent kiss.