Although her son is only 14 months old, Amy Stinton has learned that her baby has herpes — most likely from an innocent accident.
When Oliver broke out with a rash, his concerned mom originally thought that he had chicken pox. But when doctors told her that Oliver was actually suffering a herpes outbreak, Amy realized that he must've contracted the virus from being kissed by someone with a cold sore. Little Ollie was hospitalized for four days and will deal with recurring outbreaks for the rest of his life.
While Amy isn't blaming anyone for her baby's situation, she shared photos of his raw and blistering skin as a warning to both parents and anyone who might be in contact with an infant: "Think before you kiss a baby next time."
Cold sores are a viral infection and are caused by the herpes simplex virus. According to the Mayo Clinic, there are two types of herpes simplex viruses, both of which can cause sores on your mouth or genitals, and are contagious even if you don't see the sores.
According to Dr. Sanjay Gupta, this is a surprisingly common virus but once you have become infected, there is no cure. Eight in 10 Americans are HSV-1 carriers, according to the National Institutes of Health, and children who become infected can continue experiencing periodic sores throughout their lives.
"[There's] no point in blaming people, I just want to make people aware," Amy wrote. "It could have happened months ago and as he is run down, it's appeared. Just a shame that he will always have it."