- A mom has taken to social media to warn parents not to kiss their babies because it can be dangerous
- The mother lost her newly-born baby after contracting Meningitis HSV-1
- It is believed that someone infected the infant the virus through a kiss
YEN invites you to learn what Nicole Sifrit said about her child after she passed away on July 17, 2017, due to Meningitis HSV-1.
Nicole Sifrit and her husband, Shane, felt devastated after their 18-day-old daughter, Mariana Reese Sifrit, died. The couple revealed that the baby had contracted Meningitis HSV-1.
Doctors believe that somebody carrying the virus touched or kissed her. Then, the baby touched her mouth with the infected area and the virus went into her system.
As a matter of fact, Nicole and Shane noticed that something was not right a couple of hours after their wedding ceremony started, which took place only six days after Mariana was born.
According to the mother, the baby stopped eating and was sleeping for too long. After that, her organs were not working properly and even breathing was difficult for her.
They left their own wedding early to take Mariana to Blank Children's Hospital in Des Moines, Iowa, where she learned her daughter was suffering from Meningitis HSV-1.
"The first two months after a child is born are very critical, as a virus can rapidly spread and cause serious illness in newborns."
The US Centres for Disease Control and Prevention said that HSV-1 is the same virus that causes cold sores, and Dr. Tanya Altmann added that even though catching that virus is common, it is very unlikely for it to develop into Meningitis.
Some of the symptoms are nausea, fever, sleepiness and lack of appetites. Since newborn babies are so fragile, the illness is more dangerous on them.
Day after day, Nicole shared on her Facebook page updates about her daughter's condition, asking for prayers and support from her friends and followers.
Unfortunately, on July 18, she wrote that Mariana had passed away the day before. Even though the loss was devastating for her family, she admitted that the baby was no longer suffering.
She also thanked all people who sent them their best wishes and prayers, and recognized that in only 18 days, Mariana made a huge impact on the world.
Later, she wrote that she hoped their experience would help parents in the future and asked them to not letting people kiss or hold their babies without their permission.