A Perth mum has shared the terrifying story of how kissing her daughter almost caused the little baby’s death. It was all because she was getting a cold sore, not that she even realised it at the time.
Helen Farrell has told Channel 7‘s Today Tonight that when she and husband Russell Green took six-month-old Bonny to the UK, she got a cold sore the following week. She believes it was due to the air conditioning on the plane.
Like most mums, Farrell has always given her baby plenty of kisses.
“Kiss her face, kiss her head, give her raspberries on her belly, kiss her feet… I’m her mum, I want to kiss every inch of her,” she says.
But once she knew she had a cold sore, she stopped kissing Bonny.
"I wouldn't kiss her if I had an open cold sore, which I don't think anybody would do."
When Bonny developed a sore on her ear a few days later, her worried parents took her to the doctor, twice. But they were sent home with antibiotics.
It was only when Bonny suffered a seizure, lasting 20 minutes, and was rushed to hospital that Farrell and Green found out how serious the situation really was.