Samantha Rodger’s son Juliano was just 1 year old when she noticed harsh red bumps and blisters in his mouth.
She immediatly took him to the doctor, where he was diagnosed with the flu. Doctors tried to reassure Samantha, telling her that at worst it could be a bad case of Hand, Foot and Mouth disease, which usually goes away after a week.
However, over the next few days the blisters became worse, growing and spreading to his neck and stomach.
Juliano was in a lot of pain, and Samantha was disturbed and extremely concerned.
She rushed him back to the hospital where he underwent a slew of tests.
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Eventually, doctors decided to test Juliano for herpes simplex type 1 virus (HSV), reports Liftable. To Samantha’s dismay, the tests came back positive.
Samantha has no idea who her son could have caught the virus from. She’s not aware who she knows who has the virus, and a simple hug and kiss could be responsible for Juliano’s infection.
“It sucks because it’s a lifelong problem now,” she tells Liftable. “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.”
Herpes is highly contagious, and can be spread through skin-to-skin touching, saliva, or touching objects infected with the virus. Babies are particularly at risk, since their immune systems are not fully developed.
Unfortunately, there is no cure for herpes. Now Samantha wants to warn parents to be extra careful about who they pass their children to.
“All I can say is just be cautious. It can be anybody, your best friend, your sister, your brother, or your mom,” she says. “If you see a cold sore or anything on them just don’t let them come by your baby.”
Washing hands frequently and thoroughly can also help to prevent the virus from spreading.
Learn some of the steps you can take to prevent this from happening in the news clip below:
My heart broke seeing the pictures of little Juliano. Poor little sweetheart.
Although there is no cure for herpes, people infected with the virus don’t always suffer from outbreaks. Juliano could potentiallly never have another outbreak in his life. I really hope for the best for this precious little guy.
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