Little babies are precious. They are so precious most everyone I know who greets them for the first time, wants to pick them up, squeeze their little cheeks or give them a little kiss. But what if that kiss could be dangerous? Would you still let them kiss your baby?
Here’s a story of a new family who thought everything was going their way, until someone kissed their baby. The problem was the person that kissed their baby had developed a cold sore. Now they are dealing with their loss and educating others.
There’s something about a little baby that makes you want to squeeze and kiss them constantly. Maybe it’s the newborn baby smell, or maybe it’s their incredibly soft skin.
Whatever the reason may be, there is no question that babies get more affection than anyone else in the world. Let’s be real, you probably wish you were holding a tiny baby right now.
Everyone please pray for my baby girl…
I don’t know about you, but I have the crazy urge to squish and kiss a baby’s chubby cheeks whenever I’m holding one. However, some parents are wary of people touching their new child’s body.
Their worries are not unfounded, as sometimes unimaginable pain can come from the simplest of things. One couple from Iowa can’t believe what happened to their baby daughter — all because of a little kiss.
Nicole and Shane Sifrit had been looking forward to July for a long time. The beginning of the month would mean a number of exciting changes for the pair.
On the first day of July, they welcomed their baby girl named Mariana. They had a blissful first week with her.
Just six days after Mariana was born, Nicole and Shane got married. They were ecstatic that everything was finally falling into place.
Their enjoyment turned into terror when they began to notice that Mariana wasn’t acting normal. Just two hours after the ceremony, Nicole and Shane raced their baby girl to the emergency room.
“We noticed she stopped eating and wasn’t waking up when we were trying to get her to respond,” said Shane. It was a parent’s worst nightmare.
At the hospital, the couple received shocking news. Their little girl had Meningitis HSV-1, which was threatening the baby’s life.
Caused by contact with herpes, doctors think that she got the virus through an innocent kiss by someone with a cold sore. Though things didn’t look great for Mariana, her parents believed she was fighting, with God’s strength, and remained hopeful that their baby girl could pull through.
Nicole and Shane are using their experience to educate others on what could happen if you are too relaxed in raising your child.
“Keep your babies isolated, don’t let just anyone come visit them, and make sure they are constantly washing their hands,” they warn. “Don’t let people kiss your baby, and make sure they ask before they pick up your baby.”
Viral meningitis is transmitted through close contact. It is not rare for a baby to come in contact with the virus, but it is rare for it to develop into meningitis.
Nicole Sifrit on Tuesday announced Mariana had “gained her angels wings at 8:41 a.m. this morning in her daddy’s arms and her mommy right beside her.”
Our prayers go out to the Sifrit family. If you have little precious ones, just remember their advice, it could save a life!
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