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After Her 8 Day Old Newborn Dies After A Kiss, Mom Shares Warning All Should Hear

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After Her 8 Day Old Newborn Dies After A Kiss, Mom Shares Warning All Should Hear

You might want to keep your contact with babies under supervision from now on.

A newborn baby, unfortunately, died after catching herpes from a ‘kiss of death’, according to her heartbroken mother.

Aliza Rose Friend was just a week old when she passed away after she developed neonatal herpes from the HSV-1 virus.

Her mother, 19-year-old Abigail, said that Aliza was healthy for the first 36 hours of her life, after which she developed a fever, became lethargic, and seemed to lose any interest in food.

The newborn’s condition was getting worse very quickly, as the disease was eating her brain and lungs’, essentially leaving her suffering from seizures and struggling to breathe well.

After the doctors told Abigail and her partner, 26 year old Tyler Hensley, that there was ‘still some real hope’ that Aliza would make it, he little girl eventually lost her life on the 20th of May, and the medics turned her life support off. They after told Friend, who hails from Oakland, Maryland, that her daughter most likely caught the virus after she was kissed by someone who had the virus.

Inn a Facebook post that has so far gotten well over half a million responses, Fiend wrote, “WASH YOUR HANDS AND DON’T KISS BABIES. There’s not a moment that goes by that I don’t think about her. I think about her every passing day”

Although doctors have told Abigail that her daughter got ill from a kiss, or after getting touched by contaminated hands, there really is noway to ascertain how she got the virus.

Friend said, “Aliza was healthy for about a day and a half. Her body was destroyed by the virus in six and a half days. She was visited by a few family members and friends when she was born. The virus is common, so there’s no way to tell who passed it to her. For all I know, it could have even been a doctor”

WHAT IS NEONATAL HERPES?

Neonatal herpes occurs when the virus gets caught by a newborn baby. The herpes simplex virus is a highly contagious one, and it spreads through cold sores- or in adults, genital ulcers.

Herpes can be very serious in newborn babies due to the fact that their immune systems aren’t strong enough to fight the virus. It affects 1.65 babies per 100,000 born in the United Kingdom, as opposed to 33 per 100,000 in the United States.

If the virus is able to spread to the organs of a baby, almost a third will end up dying, even if they’ve received treatment. A baby can be put at risk if its mother gets genital herpes for the first time within the first six weeks of the pregnancy. If the mother has a vaginal delivery then the infection can be passed on to the baby.

After birth, a baby is still at risk if a person with a cold sore kisses it or if its mother- with the herpes sores on her breasts- breastfeeds it.

Cold sores are at their most contagious when they burst, but they remain contagious until they have been completely healed.

Treatment usually involves antiviral drugs that are usually taken intravenously. To reduce the risk of a baby becoming infected, people should try not to kiss infants if they have a cold sore, and should make sure to get their hands washed before the touch the babies.