UNITED KINGDOM – A mother in the U.K. has an urgent message for all parents and expecting mothers: Cold sores can be fatal for a baby.

Mom Claire Henderson shared a shocking photo of her newborn to Facebook; her daughter’s face was covered in sores all because of a kiss she got from a visitor.

As it turns out, little Brooke contracted the herpes virus from the visitor from a kiss on the lips. Even though the visitor didn’t appear to have a cold sore at the time, the virus was still transmitted, Henderson says.

Brooke was born, a friend warned Henderson her that cold sores could be deadly to a newborn younger than 3 months old, so when she noticed a small red bump on her baby’s lip, she immediately took her to a doctor.

Doctors put Brooke on an antiviral drip for three days to get rid of the infection.

“She was VERY lucky, all her tests came back clear,” Henderson wrote on Facebook. “The moral of the story is DO NOT let anyone kiss your newborn’s mouth, even if they don’t look like they have a cold sore.”

Mom shares shocking photo, warning parents about kissing your baby

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