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Little 9 Days Old Baby Dies After Contracting Viral Meningitis From An Innocent kiss.

A mother has vowed to never kiss a newborn baby again after her son nearly died after contracting viral meningitis.

Krystal Hayes, 26, was told by doctors that son Gunner may have caught the virus from an innocent kiss after he was rushed to A&E aged just nine days old with a high temperature and rapid breathing.

Krystal and partner John Gresham, 30, had been advised to take their baby to hospital after noticing he would to cry after being touched.
 'Don't kiss your babies' says mum whose son nearly died of meningitis
Tests revealed he had the potentially deadly disease but fortunately it was caught early meaning the now 15-week-old made a full recovery.

But Krystal, who is also mother to Graicae, two, is now warning other parents to avoid kissing their babies in case they also pass on the virus.
 'Don't kiss your babies' says mum whose son nearly died of meningitis
As a parent, I couldn’t think of anything worse than not kissing my baby before but I can now,’ said the mother-of-two who is dubbed Aunty Kissy by friends.

‘I will cuddle until my heart’s content but never will I kiss another newborn that doesn’t belong to me and never will I kiss any of my new babies, if I have any more, on or around their mouths again.

‘The worry and pain we felt that day was beyond words and wasn’t worth a thousand kisses. I know first hand.’

‘My heartfelt advice to anyone is don’t kiss a newborn baby and don’t let anyone kiss your baby.

‘They may feel well, look well and have no signs or symptoms of anything going on, but those tiny dormant viruses could be fatal.’

John and Krystal first noticed Gunner was unwell early on May 29 when he had a high temperature.
The next morning, he was still quite warm and his temperature had reached 38.9. The parents took his vest off and he started crying when they touched him.
 'Don't kiss your babies' says mum whose son nearly died of meningitis
After they took him to A&E on the advice of their midwife, he was rushed to Doncaster Royal Infirmary where it was confirmed he had viral meningitis.

Throughout his ordeal Gunner hadn’t displayed the more recognisable symptoms such as change in appetite, being sensitive light, stiff neck or cold hands and feet and only developed red spots later on.

A spokesperson from Meningitis Now said many different types of virus can cause viral meningitis.


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