Telling someone that they can't kiss your newborn baby might make for an awkward moment, but it could save the little one's life.
When you have a newborn baby to take care of, especially if he or she is your first, you will naturally be more protective of them than of anything or anyone in your life. Quite right too. However, you probably wouldn't think twice about letting a family member or close friend kiss the new arrival. Here is exactly why you shouldn't let that happen.
To put it bluntly, letting others kiss your newborn baby, even those you and your partner are related to, could put your child's life at risk. That's because that kiss could pass a potentially deadly virus to your baby. The virus is called HSV-1, better known as the Herpes Simplex Virus. It doesn't tend to affect adults and they probably won't even show any symptoms. If a newborn baby contracts it though, it could kill them.
Newborns are simply not strong enough to fight off the virus. If not detected and treated immediately, it will likely take over and start to shut down the child's organs. This isn't just a scary rumor either. The virus has been transferred to some poor newborns and it has sadly resulted in those children dying shortly after.
Emerson, the daughter of mom Preseley Trejo, tragically died at the age of just 12 days old after contracting the HSV-1 virus. Presley sharing the story online actually saved the life of a baby in a similar situation. Ashley Pool believed her daughter Reagan might be at risk of suffering the same fate. She was right, but thanks to reading Emerson's story and acting quickly, her own daughter was diagnosed in enough time to save her life.
We understand that this is all very scary stuff, especially if you have a newborn baby or one on the way. The risk of that little one contracting this potentially deadly virus is one that is easily avoided, though. As we pointed out above, all you have to do is move past embarrassing anyone who leans in to kiss your baby. It'll make for a red face or too, but it could save your child's life.