All off for Riley
Last week I met two inspirational women who decided to shave their heads for charity. They are raising awareness of the dangers the cold sore virus poses to newborn babies, something that until now I knew nothing about. So here I am helping them to spread the word.
Riley died 2 years ago at only 9 days old, from the same virus which causes the common cold sore. As well as raising awareness Rosiline and Hannah also want to raise money so that this little angel has a headstone. These cost £1500+ and so far the family have had no real help in buying one.
Riley, along with other babies who have sadly lost their lives, could maybe have been saved had this been detected earlier.
Rosiline has kindly provided the following information should you wish to know more…
The HSv-1 is passed on by just a simple kiss … if you have a slight tingle in ether your lip or around your mouth you most likely are feeling the first signs of a cold sore, this can potentially turn into a small blister like spot that will eventually harden and disappear around three weeks later. If you believe that you may have a cold sore or even believe that you have one about to appear please refrain from any facial contact, especially with those with little or poor immune systems such as babies, young children, the elderly and fatally ill. Cold sores are at their most contagious when they burst (rupture), but they remain contagious until they are completely healed. Therefore, it is important for others to avoid direct contact with your affected area until your cold sore has completely healed and disappeared. Many will argue that once the cold sore has fully healed it is then ok to kiss anyone they wish or they will be fine kissing anyone as the person they kiss has already built up an immunity to the virus itself … but I say that’s taking a huge risk ether way. If you feel or suspect a cold sore is appearing then please no kissing till its gone especially to protect our young.
Symptoms in a Newborn: The early symptoms of the HSV-1 in a newborn may appear between 2 and 12 days after being exposed to the virus. This could include a temperature over 100.4 degrees, loss of appetite or blisters on the skin. The newborn could then develop a fever, become lethargic and have seizures.
If any of the above are seen do not hesitate to seek medical help, those vital minutes can determine life or death.
The virus is at it most dangerous to newborns up to 3 months old as during these early months the child’s immunity is at its most immature and isn’t able to fight off the virus as efficiently.
Despite the dangers of the virus to our young it is also very rare .. Approximately 6 deaths are recorded each year. If we can educate people then we may be able to prevent some of these deaths, just one would be a breakthrough.
I hope to be a part of any future events or fundraising these two lovely ladies plan. Their story had certainly touched my heart.
If you would like to help Rosalie and Hannah raise the money needed to give this angel a headstone you can do so using the following paypal address firstname.lastname@example.org (Louise Foster is the mother of Riley). Or feel free to get in touch if you would like to have your own head shaved!
You can read more on their facebook page.