Samantha Rodger’s baby, Juliano, was only 1 year old when she noticed harsh red bumps and blisters in his mouth. Baby Juliano tested positive for the herpes virus but his mom has no idea who her son could have caught the virus from. She is now warning other parents to be careful when letting people hold their babies.
“It’s a lifelong problem now. 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.” Samantha Rodgers explained to Fox 12 Oregon regarding her son’s diagnosis.
Samantha explained that when she first noticed the red blisters forming on her son Juliano’s mouth she took him to the hospital. Doctors originally suspected he had the flu or Hand Foot and Mouth Disease but his sores began to spread.
“His sores were growing onto his hands and neck and his stomach,” Samantha told Fox 12 Oregon.
Eventually, doctors decided to test Juliano for herpes simplex type 1 virus (HSV). To Samantha’s dismay, the tests came back positive.
“Doctors told me that it could have killed him if he wasn’t treated in time, it’s terrifying. I want other parents to know just how dangerous it can be.” Samantha told The Sun.
The Department of Health reports that 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. To treat the virus, young kids like Juliano need to take antiviral medication for 21 days.
According to a Facebook post by Rodgers, the infant was back home on July 28.
“All I can say is just be cautious. It can be anybody- your best friend, your sister, your brother or your mom,” Samantha said. “If you see a cold sore or anything on them, just don’t let them come by your baby.”