Infant skin can't handle everything an adult's can, so it is not uncommon for children to develop rashes from time to time.
These skin irritations usually disappear after a few days which is why one mom became alarmed after her 2-year-old daughter's rash remained for eight months.
Savina French-Bell noticed a strange rash on her infant's face the day after she celebrated her 2nd birthday. Assuming it would go away after a couple of days, Savina didn't think much of it but then it took a turn for worse.
"It started to look like someone had thrown acid over her face, it spread from her mouth to her cheeks, and above her eyes," mother Savina told Inside Edition.
Doctors initially suspected that it was an extreme case of eczema or an allergic reaction but the prescribed medication wasn't working. Her skin worsened and developed painful bleeding blisters. She couldn't eat or drink properly due to the pain and her clothes were often covered in blood. All of this eventually lead to Sienna's hospitalization.
Despite all of that, Sienna's mother was determined to find the cause of this "nightmare." About 8 months since the rash first appeared, Savina remembered that a relative had given her daughter a kiss at the birthday party.
Turns out the relative had herpes and passed it onto Sienna through the peck. This discovery made it easier for the doctors to provide the proper treatment and before long Sienna was beginning to recover.
"For the past few months, Sienna’s face has looked amazing and the infection has not returned,” said Savina.
Unfortunately, there is a chance that the herpes virus might return but for now Savina is relieved that her baby is healthy. She is using this horrible experience to warn other parents about the dangers of letting other people kiss their child. It may seem like a harmless act of love, but it could lead to some terrible consequences.
We're so glad Sienna is back to being a healthy bouncing baby!
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