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9-Day-old baby contracts meningitis after being kissed by adult

9-Day-old baby contracts meningitis after being kissed by adult

The birth of the baby is a time full of emotions, discoveries and great joy but at the same time, of doubts and concerns. In this initial phase, the child needs all the attention and care of the parents, since simple slippage can harm the health of the newborn.

Krystal Hayes, a 26-year-old British mother, born to not kiss their children or let anyone else do it, after their nine-day-old baby contracted viral meningitis after receiving a kiss.

"Just an innocent kiss. someone who loves the baby and would not be able to do any harm. "Something so natural, it may be that after the kiss they get well and have no symptoms, but these small dormant viruses can be life threatening," Krystal told The DailyMail. > The episode began after Gunner's father, John Gresham, got up at 4 am to feed Gunner and realized he was hot but assumed it was due to the warm weather and removed the baby blanket. In the morning, when checking the baby noticed that the temperature was reaching 38.9ºC.

Then the parents decided to take the child's clothes to reduce the fever, but when they performed this act Gunner began to cry because of the touch and his breathing passed to be very quick.

The couple realized that something was wrong and rushed to the hospital immediately. When they arrived at the hospital, the baby went directly to the children's department, where they began to monitor their temperature.

However, Gunner's condition only worsened and after a few hours the baby began to convulse. After blood and urine tests, in addition to an X-ray, nothing had been ascertained. Therefore, doctors gave the baby antibiotics along with acetaminophen and ibuprofen to try to reduce their temperature so that new tests could be performed.

After a 9-day-old baby gets a meningitis and hospitalized - photo: Divulga / DailyMail

After Gunner was stabilized, doctors performed a lumbar puncture at the bottom of the spine to test for infections, including meningitis. It was then confirmed that the baby had viral meningitis, but had not shown any of the more common symptoms, such as change in appetite, sensitivity to light, hard neck or cold hands and feet.

According to doctors, the causative kiss disease of the child may have been from any person, even from the parents themselves, who could contain the disease virus without knowing.

"My sincere advice to all is that they do not kiss a newborn baby. not worth a thousand kisses "

Despite the severity of the disease, the baby was saved and had no sequel, as the doctors predicted.

The baby was saved and had no sequel - photo: Press Release / DailyMail

What is viral meningitis?

Meningitis is the inflammation of the membrane that covers the brain and spinal cord. Infections make up a good part of the causes of this inflammation. Virus infections (viral meningitis) are the most common cause of meningitis, and most often it is a self-limiting and benign disease.

There are several types of virus that can cause viral meningitis. The spread of these viruses is common and can be transmitted from person to person by coughing, sneezing and unwashed hands. Viral meningitis can affect people of all age groups, even if they are healthy.

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