Health & Hap­pi­ness: Menin­gi­tis From A Kiss? + Our Baby’s Brain Drain

Krys­tal wor­ried she’d passed on an ill­ness to her baby

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We all have a group of viruses in our bod­ies

Krys­tal Hayes, 27, Work­sop

The trou­ble be­gan nine days af­ter our son Gun­ner was born in May this year. ‘He’s burn­ing up,’ I told my part­ner John, 30.

His tem­per­a­ture hit a wor­ry­ing 38 de­grees and his breathing be­came rapid.

And he was very sen­si­tive, scream­ing when­ever we touched him.

Over the phone, the mid­wife urged us to get him to A&E, so we rushed off to Bas­set­law Hos­pi­tal.

By the time we got there, Gun­ner was shak­ing, seemed less re­spon­sive, and had a heart rate of 222 – far too fast.

A lum­bar punc­ture re­vealed ev­i­dence of vi­ral menin­gi­tis.

Hear­ing that,

I felt like our world was crash­ing around us. ‘How did he get that?’ I asked. Doc­tors ex­plained that we all have a group of viruses in our bod­ies that do us no harm, but be­come ac­tive when trans­mit­ted. They can be spread through shar­ing cut­lery, not wash­ing your hands, even a kiss.

I’d not stopped kiss­ing Gun­ner in his first few days, nor had John and our fam­ily. Could that have caused it? ‘We can’t be sure, but it’s very pos­si­ble,’ replied the doc­tor. John and I were so up­set, but didn’t blame any­one.

Af­ter three days of treat­ment, Gun­ner’s breathing had re­ally im­proved and his heart rate was down.

By his fifth day in hos­pi­tal, doc­tors were sat­is­fied that our little boy was fi­nally sta­ble, and dis­charged him the next day.

We were so re­lieved. At last we could set­tle in as a fam­ily.

Our daugh­ter Graicae, 2, was so pleased to see her little brother re­turn home.

Gun­ner’s ordeal has made me won­der if it’s such a good idea to smother new ba­bies with kisses. They’re so vul­ner­a­ble! Maybe a few less kisses could have saved Gun­ner a lot of pain.

En­joy­ing our new fam­ily Dur­ing his hos­pi­tal treat­ment Gun­ner is all smiles these days

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