As parents we are very protective of our children from the moment they are born until adulthood! I don’t care how old my children are I will always do everything I can to keep them safe and they know this!
Especially if we are in public, I watch their every move and even when people walk up to us, I am always on guard. Now, I don’t mind people walking up to my kids saying hello but DO NOT KISS OR TOUCH MY BABY’S!
You may think I’m tripping but I’m not and frankly I don’t care what anyone thinks because these are my babies and with so many diseases going around I won’t take a chance allowing my kids to contract something because you want to share a kiss or touch their cheeks.
I don’t know if you are aware of this, but babies are subject to contracting viruses easily due to their immune system not fully being developed enough to fight off viruses.
Medical statistics informs us that many children have died from people kissing them. You know folks are known for walking up to your child/children saying how cute they are and just out the blue kiss them. Well, that’s a No, No, No in my book and if you were to try it with my babies, you’re liable to get your face slapped…..OK I might not slap you but you won’t get close at all trust me on that!
I don’t care if I know you or not, as my mom use to say; I don’t know where your lips been or if you are a carrier of a virus/cold sore!! Babies systems are vulnerable, and any contagious virus/cold sore can be harmful or deadly to them.
Do you know in specific situation of herpes simplex virus or HSV, some people may have cold sores around their lips, or just start manifesting them, and kissing can transmit the virus to others, particularly to infants, who are more susceptible as they have no prior immunity?
It’s important to learn the signs of HSV-1 infection. Keep in mind some signs maybe vague but may include lethargy, irritability, fever and poor appetite. It is also possible that infants may or may not have actual sores, have sores that appear on other parts of their bodies (not just their mouths) or have blister-like rashes on their bodies. No matter what it is, it is vital to have your baby checked out and to ask specifically if it could be a cold sore.
5 things to remember:
- Always wash your hands
- Always wash your kids toys frequently with soap and hot water
- Always look over your baby’s/children skin for any signs of sores
- Always keep linen washed and clean
- Don’t be shy, insist people not kiss your baby/children
Symptoms (HSV-1) tend to appear within a few days of a person’s exposure to someone with the condition. Symptoms include:
- swollen glands
- sore throat
- sores or blisters on the skin, which can be painful
- a tingling sensation in the affected area
- trouble breathing
- blue appearance (cyanosis)
- rapid breathing
- short periods of no breathing
- bleeding easily
Remember this also: Two rare yet serious complications related to HSV-1 infection are meningitis and encephalitis. Symptoms of meningitis in babies include a fever, irritability, a lack of energy, poor appetite, sleepiness or difficulty waking from sleep. (Young children may have similar symptoms, along with headaches, stiff necks or sensitivity to bright lights.) Symptoms of encephalitis in infants and young children include nausea and vomiting, bulging in the soft spot (fontanelle) of the skull, body stiffness, irritability and poor appetite. If your child has any of these symptoms, go to the emergency room.
Keep in mind cold sores are for life and very serious for babies, make sure to take precaution and insist that family and caregiver do the same.
Remember these are your babies and you have control over who kisses, hugs, or touch your children. As for me, I’ll scream DON’T KISS MY BABIES in a minute!!
What are your thoughts, do you allow people to just walk up and kiss your baby?
P.S. Always seek a medical opinion if needed!!