Mother Claims 1-Year-Old Got Herpes From Daycare

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The following story appeared on CBS HoustonCBS Houston. I can understand the mother’s concern, because parents should be, when their children are sick. However, without going through and testing every single person that child has had contact with – both in and out of daycare, there is NO WAY of knowing where the child got it. To point the finger at the daycare is pointless. It could have easily come from another child while sharing a sippy cup.

Consuela Smith stated that her daughter contracted the virus from ChildTime in Oklahoma City.

“She started getting blisters all around her mouth and bleeding,” Smith said.

Smith says she contacted the daycare center after a doctor told her that her daughter had herpes.

“I told her what she had and they told me the worker does have this,” Smith explained.

“It’s nasty. A 1-year-old walking around with herpes,” Smith added.

Dr. Ryan Brown from OU Children’s Hospital says that the virus is easily spreadable.

“Herpetic stomatitis is basically when you have multiple cold sores in your mouth,” Brown said. “Cold sores are normally caused by herpes simplex one virus. They are very easily spread, by touching and rubbing something else or saliva.”

ChildTime is investigating the matter.

“Our children’s well-being is of the utmost importance to us. We have strict policies and procedures to ensure we meet or exceed regulatory guidelines on health and safety,” the daycare center’s corporate office said in a statement. “We take every precaution to prevent the spread of germs or illness, and investigate any reported concerns.”

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