Mom warns against kissing people’s babies after 6-month-old contracted herpes

Dr. Lerato advises parents to stop allowing people to kiss their children

“Human beings are disgusting... my daughter has herpes on her lips. Got it at 6 months. I can’t get over it. Don’t even get me started about the emotional trauma she gets from the pain and unsightly blisters when it flares up and all the money I’ve spent to keep it suppressed to date,” she wrote.

Incurable

Speaking to DRUM SA, the doctor defines herpes as a viral infection that is incurable and is able to infect any part of the body where there are mucous membranes: eyes, nose, lips, mouth and is common around the mouth area and in the genital area.

“You get herpes type 1 which is common around the mouth or lips, and herpes type 2 which is the STI (sexually transmitted infection) type. They both can infect any mucous membrane interchangeably,” she explains.

Although her daughter is now 11 years old, Dr. Masemola says that the infection still affects her because herpes is incurable and therefore a lifelong disease.

Traumatic

“It’s very traumatic for her as the herpes blisters are very painful and they burn.

“So every time she feels a sting or a tingle, she knows they are going to come out. Whenever she gets sick or stresses about a test or a project, they flare up," she says.

Having experienced the dangers herself, Dr. Lerato advises parents to stop allowing people to kiss their children.

“Parents must be firm with people. You cannot allow or be shy to tell people not to kiss your children. Babies are born with weak immune systems which they build up as they grow, which means that they cannot fight off germs up until a certain age,” she explains.

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