Once people become parents, their priority is to take care of their children no matter what.
When Samantha Rodgers, a concerned mother of Iowa, saw that her 1-year-old son, Juliano, had some red bumps and blisters around his mouth, she immediately took him to the hospital.
As reported by Liftable, the doctor studied his symptoms and got to the conclusion that he had a very strong flu. They added that it might have been a bad case of Hand, Foot, and Mouth Disease.
The family was sent home with prescribed medication that would heal the flu. What nobody expected was that his blisters got worse. They spread to his neck and stomach and it was even more painful for the toddler.
After a second checkup with the doctors, they ran a test for Herpes Simplex type 1 virus (HSV). Even though they were doing it just to make sure he didn't have that, the results came back positive.
Rodgers couldn't believe that the 1-year-old son had that virus and she didn't know how he contracted it in the first place. Everything became clearer when doctors told her that virus spreads easily.
Skin-to-skin contact, saliva, and touching objects that people infected with herpes touched before are the most common ways the virus is transmitted.
Despite the fact that Rodgers didn't notice anybody with herpes near Juliano, something as simple as a kiss or a hug might have been the reason he contracted it.
Since the immune system of babies and toddlers is not fully developed, they are prone to get illness easier than grown-up people.
Rodgers pointed out that she was trying her best to keep Juliano as healthy as possible but that, after all, he will have that virus in his system for the rest of his life.
The good thing is that it could remain 'asleep' forever, which means he would never have to face an outbreak. In the worst case scenario, he could have them multiple times a year.
Rodgers took her time to share her story as a way to warn other parents that they should be 100% aware of the changes in their children's bodies, adding that if they see someone else with a cold sore or something similar, they shouldn't let them approach their babies.