A mother is warning other parents after a small blister on her baby’s head turned out to be something much more dangerous.
Rhian Brace, from Doncaster in the UK, told Yahoo7 News her son Ernie was just 14 days old when he was rushed to hospital.
Ms Brace had taken her son to see a doctor on September 10 after noticing a small blister on his head.
“I originally thought he had had a reaction to something in my home, or maybe a reaction to something that I bathed him in,” she said.
In a Facebook post, she wrote that the blister had popped after a bath and she cleaned the area and re-washed it to prevent any infection.
Just days later, she noticed he had another four blisters, before another six popped up overnight.
She was originally told Ernie had eczema, and that other than the blisters, he showed no signs of a more serious problem.
“Ernie didn’t show any signs of anything other than the ‘spot blisters’ multiplying on his head,” Ms Brace said.
“But I have been advised by medical professionals that I and others should look for things like not eating or drinking, change in behaviour, less nappies or change in soiled nappies, breathing changes, temperature and, of course, if you notice spots like I did.”
He was eventually diagnosed with the herpes simplex virus, also known as a common cold sore.
“The virus that Ernie was diagnosed with can be contracted via human contact, both through vaginal delivery or through people wanting to touch or kiss your baby,” she said.
Ms Brace said doctors had confirmed that Ernie had not contracted the virus through her.
“So that leaves it down to someone that has been in contact with my child that either kissed him or didn’t wash their hands, even though I had specifically asked for everyone to do so,” she said.
Ms Brace said the herpes simplex virus might not seem that bad, but it could spread to the blood and vital organs, leading to sepsis or vital organs beginning to shut down.
She said it could be “just as deadly as meningitis” in babies.
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