This is why kissing your baby on the lips could be fatal – triggering herpes and meningitis

The moment you see a little baby wrapped up cozy and cuddly, you are instantly overwhelmed and filled with affection. We cannot help but want to kiss and snuggle with the newborn baby. We all are familiar with the feeling and have been doing so since ages. Although we do it purely out of love, it has been found that we may be unintentionally harming the baby by doing so. It has been found that kissing a baby on the lips or closer to the mouth can result in the spreading of Herpes simplex virus type 1 “HSV”, as it is one of the most common germs found in the mouth of human beings. It is harmless for adults but can lead to cold sores, fever blisters near or inside the mouth or even severe infections like brain, lung and liver disease in newborns.

Just a peck on the lips can trigger nasty infections that can cause seizures, breathing problems, even death. The culprit is the herpes virus, which in adults can cause cold sores and genital ulcers. But, GP Dr. Sarah Jarvis warned The Sun Online: “If a mum has a cold sore and kisses her baby, it’s possible she could pass the virus to her baby.”And theoretically breastfeeding is a risk too.

This is 5 the Risks of Kissing a Newborn:

1.Kissing Disease

Kissing Disease is a nickname given to the term ‘mononucleosis’, an infection which is passed through saliva, often through kissing. Although it is highly known to occur among teenagers and adults, it can affect infants too. In infants and children, the condition results in a runny nose or cranky behavior and may also lead to respiratory problems in rare cases. It is a viral disease and does not have any treatment. The child has to bear through the illness until his immune system helps to get rid of the infection on its own. Besides, it’s contagious and can pass on to other kids and adults very easily.

2.Food Allergies

Many kids and adults face allergies resulting from some of the other food. Although you let the guests know about specific food allergy your baby might be having, they may not understand the importance of keeping the baby safe from such food. Even when it comes to makeup products, people may be unaware of gluten present in their lipstick. Gluten can lead to an autoimmune response in the body, putting the child at high risk of cancer and other such autoimmune disorders. It is best to discourage people from kissing on or near the baby’s lips because you can never be sure what food the person might have consumed, pieces of which could still be lingering in the mouth.

3.Cold Sores

In a recent post on Facebook, a mom described how her child got infected with HSV-1 on being kissed by an adult with a cold sore. The child was admitted to hospital and was there for many days fighting with the virus spreading across her body. Looking at the extremity of the case, it is highly advisable that an adult or child having a cold sore should steer clear of a newborn.

4.Stomach Viruses

It is an unbearable situation for the parents to watch their child struggle with stomach pain, vomit, and diarrhea. A single kiss from an adult infected with the virus is enough to affect the child. Besides, stomach viruses are contagious and can prove extremely dangerous for infants. The loss of bodily fluids in such conditions can dehydrate the baby and land him in a hospital, for an IV-injection and for regulating fluids in the body. Even breastfed babies cannot be saved from dehydration as they tend to spit up whatever they consume when ill. Hence, it is advisable for all to refrain from kissing baby’s face, especially during the early months.

5.Chemicals in Skincare Products

Skincare products are known to contain chemicals that help men and women to look young and fresh. Such products may contain parabens, formaldehyde, artificial colors and much more. These are considered to be endocrine interrupters and even found associated with risks of cancer. Hence, it is advisable that people come clean before kissing the baby. This way, you can avoid your baby from getting exposed to cosmetics containing such toxic chemicals.

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