What’s cuter than a new baby? Pretty much nothing, which is why we just want to smother them with cuddles, hugs and kisses when we see them. But if you’re a new mom, you might want to consider putting a stop to such “bad” behaviour — at least for the first three months.
That’s because, on top of the worries new mums already have in regards to vaccinations and germs, there’s another one: the common cold sore. Turns out, catching one could actually be fatal for newborn babies. And there’s a good chance that if an adult has one, they don’t even know about it.
Which is why all the kissy faces probably don’t seem like such a big deal.
One new mother, Claire Henderson, found out first hand just how scary the transfer of a cold sore, or herpes, can be after her daughter contracted it. Luckily someone had recognized what was going on right away, and Claire was able to get her baby girl to the hospital before liver failure or brain damage occurred.
Now she’s spreading the word for other unaware parents and parents-to-be.
So how do you keep your baby safe? Politely tell visitors no kisses allowed until they’re a little older. You may get that “protective mom” or “overbearing father” look, but hey — your baby’s health is kind of a little more important. Just be sure to practice what you preach, and maybe keep your lips away from your little one unless you’re 100 per cent sure there are no cold sores in your mouth.