A mother shared pictures of her son who suffered from a rare disease in order to warn others about the dangers of it.
Samantha Rodgers, from Des Moines in Iowa, has shared her own experience of how her 1-year-old baby Juliano developed lots of cold sores, but doctors repeatedly dismissed her concerns.
She was told he probably just had the flu or a serious case of hand, foot and mouth disease, but Juliano’s symptoms kept getting worse and he was in terrible pain.
“His sores were growing onto his hands and his neck and his stomach,” Rodgers told WRIC.
“He had blisters growing outside of his mouth,” said Samantha.
After three hospital visits and multiple tests, and finally Juliano was sent to Blank Children Hospital in Des Moines where he was tested. Juliano’s mother says doctors told her, her son had herpes.
“They swabbed his mouth and tested it and it came back as he has herpes,” said Samantha.
It turns out someone with the virus must have inadvertently touched or kissed Juliano.
“Pretty much this person gave my baby herpes not intentionally,” Samantha said, adding that she doesn’t know who passed herpes on to Juliano.
According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, cold sores are highly contagious and can be spread by saliva, skin and touching things that are contaminated with the virus. symptoms like a fever or blisters can start 2 to 12 days after exposure.
With no known cure for herpes, most people have the virus their whole lives, although it remains inactive most of the time.
“It sucks because this is a life-long problem now every time he runs a fever, every time he’s sick he can have an outbreak, I don’t know how to handle this,” Rodgers said. “I am trying to do the best. It’s sad. It breaks my heart and I can’t do anything to help him.”
“All I can say is just be cautious, it can be anybody, your best friend, your sister, your brother or your mom,” said Rodgers. “Everybody needs to wash their hands and sanitize, if you see a cold sore or anything on them just don’t let them come by your baby.”
Juliano will soon be leaving hospital to finish his treatment at home, where her mother will then try and get him to eat something for the first time since last week.