Sienna Duffield, age three, suffered from the terrible rashes for months when she was just two years old. Her mother Savina French-Bell said it got so bad she would find blood all over the child’s clothes, pillow cases, and pajamas. She didn’t even want to let Sienna leave the house.

“It started to look like someone had thrown acid over her face, it spread from her mouth to her cheeks, and above her eyes,” said the mom to Inside Edition. “People would give us horrible looks, children would stare and adults would make nasty comments.”

Nothing seemed to help. Doctors tried antibiotics, but the rashes came back. Doctors suggested it might be allergies, so French-Bell cut off the dairy products. They tested her for eczema, but creams didn’t work. The baby got to a point at which she couldn’t eat anything it was so painful, so she had to be hospitalized and hooked up to an IV.

The family was at their wits’ end. French-Bell says her little girl was being ‘eaten alive’ by the infection. That’s when French-Bell remembered something.

The mom recalled that a family member had kissed Sienna on the face at her second birthday party, and that the rashes broke out soon afterward. It turns out that the family member infected Sienna with herpes simplex 1.

Doctors were finally able to treat Sienna successfully now that they know what was wrong. Sienna’s skin has cleared up and she’s as beautiful as ever.

“For the past few months, Sienna’s face has looked amazing and the infection has not returned,” French-Bell said. “There is always a chance of it coming back, but fingers crossed it won’t happen and her skin will stay as good as it is now. It’s great to be able to go outside and not get any horrible comments from anyone.”

Parents may sound ‘mean’ and ‘over-protective’ by asking people not to kiss babies, but infants and toddlers are vulnerable to terrible infections. People can pass on things they don’t even know they have. We have to protect our little ones.

Source: Little Things
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