There was only four weeks of age at NOAH Tindle when his short life was left hanging in the balance.
The mother of Ashleigh White noticed that her son's right eye was becoming swollen, blistered and that he had water.
The person asked 21 years of advice from a health visitor, who reassured him that it was probably just a blocked tear duct.
But a day later, in September last year, Ashleigh saw blisters that were around Noah's eye.
The disturbed mother immediately brought her newborn son to the doctors, fearing that he could be a stranger.
Noah was sent to Barnsley Hospital, where the mom Ashleigh made her concerns again to doctors again.
"I read something on Facebook about another child who had the virus and the blisters looked exactly the same," she said.
"What I didn't understand is that you are carrying the virus in your system and saliva, even if you're not sick to cold, which means you can't be too careful."
Doctors did a series of tests, but due to Ashleigh's depth they began to treat Noah from herpes simplex 1 virus (HSV1).
The test results came back a few days later confirming that her concerns had been rectified – Noah had contracted the dead virus.
When doctors said that her son was likely to have first caught up with the virus from an infected adult, she realized that it had to happen at baptism they had been five days before.
"It wasn't just four weeks old," Ashleigh said.
"We went to baptism where friends were and kissed it – it could have been any of them."
I want to inform more people about the risks and consequences of kissing a child, especially for a newborn baby when you are suffering cold sores
Nine-year-old Noah spent two and a half months in the hospital recovering.
Despite a relapse in March this year, the tot is currently hitting all its milestones, and will be on anti-virus medicine until 2020.
Due to Ashleigh's thinking and persistence, doctors were able to catch the herpes virus and was still on Noah's eyelid.
"We managed to catch it before he could go into his blood stream," she said. "He could not open his eyes for days."
HSV-1, known as sick sore virus, does not harm adults but can be fatal for children, with weaker immune systems.
It can quickly spread the children's brain and create multiple organ failure, and finally die.
Noah was sent to Sheffield Children's Hospital to fit a special line, allowing doctors to unfavorable anti-viral drugs.
The drugs were given to newborn babies for two weeks, for one hour at a time, three times a day.
"He spent two hours in the theater for half an hour's operation, as he was so tiny," Ashleigh said.
"It was then the prophylactic antivirus for six months.
"Unfortunately, it happened again in March and again it went through the same thing, two weeks of intensive antivirus and now it will not be from its medicines until March 2020.
"There is still a long way to go before we are out of darkness."
Noah will continue to check regularly, but doctors have said that he is doing well.
The mother Ashleigh said that she chose to share his photos on Noah on social media, to raise awareness and warn other parents.
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The youth of the child, the most vulnerable people are on the herpes virus.
HSV-1 is highly contagious and causes cold sores and genital ulcers in adults.
It can be fatal for infants, especially newborns, whose immune systems are not fully developed.
Although it is devastating, the situation is rare in the UK.
A child is most at risk of catching the virus in the first four weeks of life, and can be passed on in one of two main ways:
1. During pregnancy and labor
If the mother has genital herpes for the first time in the last six weeks of pregnancy, the baby is at risk.
As a result, you should never kiss a kiss if you have a sick illness, or have recently been ill.
The mother can pass on the infection during the delivery of the vagina.
2. After birth
The virus can be passed on to a child through cold illness if someone kisses a child.
It can also be passed on three blisters on mother's breast, which has HSV-1, and is feeding.
What warning signs does your baby say?
Call your GP or health visitor immediately if your child:
- it is too angry or funny
- he is not feeding
- at high temperature
- there is a rash or sores on the skin, on the eyes and inside the mouth
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- there is a lack of energy and it is anonymous
- it is becoming less and irresponsible
- it is difficult to wake up from sleep
- has difficulty breathing or begins to shrink
- breathes quickly
- she has a blue or blue skin
For more information visit the NHS website here.
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“I want to know more about the risks and consequences of kissing a child, especially when you are newborn when you are suffering cold sores,” she said.
"It's so important to see your child so bad.
“I was lucky to catch it on time, and yet my little boy is with me today, maybe other parents wouldn't be so lucky.
"Please do anything to stop other families going through what we have done, please, a newborn kiss."
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