Mom shared disturbing pictures of her one-year-old son, who was covered in blisters after being tested positive for herpes, which he contracted from a mystery person.
Samantha Rodgers, from Des Moines, Iowa, said she doesn’t know who gave her son, Juliano, the virus, but now he will have to deal with it for the rest of his life.
‘It sucks because it’s a lifelong problem now,’ Rodgers said.
‘I don’t know how to handle this. I am trying my best. It breaks my heart, and I can’t do anything to help him.’
Rodgers is sharing the horrid pictures of her son, with red blisters in and around his mouth, as a way to warn parents to be cautious about who they let near their children.
She noticed he had red blisters in and around his mouth on July 21, but doctors told her he had the flu or just a bad case of Hand Foot and Mouth disease.
As his symptoms got worse, she took him to Blank Children Hospital.
‘His sores were growing onto his hands and his neck and his stomach,’ Rodgers said.
There, Juliano was tested for herpes simplex type 1 virus and the results came back positive.
While HSV-1, which causes cold sores, is generally harmless in adults, it can be very dangerous to newborns who have vulnerable immune systems.
A one-week-old baby died of viral meningitis caused by HSV in June, KWWL reported.
Cold sores are highly contagious and can spread through saliva, skin-to-skin contact or by touching an object that someone infected with the virus touched, according to the American Academy of Pediatrics.
Thankfully, Juliano is recovering quickly and should be heading back home from the hospital soon.
Rodgers just hopes that now other parents will be more aware of who they let near their children.
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‘All I can say is just be cautious, it can be anybody your best friend, your sister, your brother, or your mom,’ she said.
‘If you see a cold sore or anything on them just don’t let them come by your baby.’