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3-year-old Girl Finally Recovering from ulcers around her mouth after Developing Herpes from Kissing a Family Member



Sienna Duffield Before and After treatment for herpes

Sienna Duffield Before and After treatment for herpes

A 3-year-old girl is currently recovering from herpes, which she got after kissing a family member last year, DailyMail reports.

The toddler whose mother claimed was being ‘eaten alive’ by a ravaging skin infection, was diagnosed with the disease earlier this year.

Her mother, Savina French-Bell, 21, who is a nursery worker, said:

Sienna was being eaten alive by her skin infection.

It came out of nowhere on her second birthday when she started developing ulcers in her mouth.

It started to look like someone had thrown acid over her face, it spread from her mouth to her cheeks, and above her eyes.

She stopped eating and every day for eight months was horrific, there was always blood on her clothes and I was scared to take her outside.

Every day her skin would be stuck to pillows and there would always be blood everywhere.

I tried to stop her from scratching herself but she would use surfaces such as sofas in the house to scratch her face.

People would give us horrible looks, children would stare and adults would make nasty comments.

The toddler was admitted to hospital in October 2015 where she was placed on an iv drip because she had stopped eating. “For eight months no antibiotics were working as the infection kept coming back and her face was being ravaged,” French-Bell said.

Doctors ran allergy tests but results showed that she wasn’t allergic to anything.

French-Bell later cast her mind back to when her daughter kissed a member of her family last year. It then occurred to her that it could be herpes.

Doctors eventually prescribed flucloxacillin antibiotics which worked – despite them thinking she had a severe case of eczema.

“For the past few months Sienna’s face has looked amazing and the infection has not returned.

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.

I was told that the older she gets the better her body will be at fighting off infections.

It’s great to be able to go outside and not get any horrible comments from anyone.

Whereas before people were nasty to Sienna, now everyone is overwhelmed at how her face has healed, and that’s amazing to see,” French-Bell said.


  1. Bobrisky bae

    November 16, 2016 at 10:25 pm

    gooodness God Almighty,…… sad!!!this is a wake up call for all mothers and all parents, kissy kissy at the mouth is a no no no!!!!!i

  2. o

    November 16, 2016 at 10:47 pm

    What manner of kiss was that? I never allowed ppl kiss my daughter when she was a baby. And even till now. Ppl need to be careful. Some will carry dirty hands and lips pecking, kissing and holding young children that their immunity is still low.

  3. Ebere

    November 16, 2016 at 10:57 pm

    I don’t think the child had herpes because you can’t use a penicillin antibiotic to treat a viral infection like Herpes. If the child responded to Flucloxacillin, then she just had a bacterial infection. At least the mum is now aware that the child and even adults can also get herpes from just kissing an infected person.

    • Chocolateyyyy

      November 17, 2016 at 1:21 am

      That is true, we cannot treat a viral infection with antibiotics. But i’m guessing the ulcers became infected with bacteria that is why she was given antibiotics. Herpes oral lesions are self-limiting, they take a couple of weeks to heal without any pharmacological treatment if they are not infected.

  4. Eva

    November 17, 2016 at 12:11 am

    How can u use an antibiotic for a viral infection and it worked? It must have been a bacterial infection. I am not understanding.

  5. Mama

    November 17, 2016 at 1:29 am

    Whatever it is that she had, the point is people should stop kissing babies and little children on the mouth especially if the child is not yours. I know friends that do that and i’m weary of telling them, yet they won’t stop. You do that to my child, you won’t be happy with yourself after I’m done. Very gross!

  6. Missappleberry

    November 17, 2016 at 2:28 am

    It may have been herpes or even a bacterial infection but bottom line is stop kissing other people’s babies like you are kissing your partner. It’s absolutely wrong!

  7. Beenthere

    November 17, 2016 at 2:58 am

    There are two types of viruses that cause herpes, HSV-1, which causes herpes simplex type 1 (which the little girl has) and is very easily spread. It’s also called a ‘cold’ sore or a ‘fever’ blister and a lot of people are carriers without realizing it. It can range from a little sore on the corner of the mouth to a large area on the face. It can also affect other areas of the body like the finger (whitlow), or the eye. It’s worse when you have a diminished or immature immune response. It is viral and she probably got antibiotics to guard against another opportunistic infection which might have been making the infection worse. Sometimes the first occurrence is ravaging and dreadful to see.
    The other type, HSV-2, causes genital herpes (yep, the STD). While drugs cannot cure a viral infection, it does help reduce the intensity, duration and likelihood of sores or warts occurring. Most people with genital herpes who have been diagnosed usually know when a wart or sore may occur and take Acyclovir or Valacyclovir as recommended by their doctor.
    HSV-1 can occur in the genital area, but this does not mean you have an STD. Only a doctor can help diagnose if you have herpes type 1 or 2.
    Hope this is helpful…

  8. aj

    November 17, 2016 at 6:35 am

    Wow that’s so crazy! I love babies but I don’t kiss them on the lips only their chubby cheeks. I’m happy her face cleared up.

  9. Finding Trouble

    November 17, 2016 at 8:20 am

    I got this as an infant too from kissing a family member and i always tell my mum that she did a shoddy job!
    now i’m stuck with flare-ups all my life and its very stupid to explain as an adult.
    When i have kids, i will not kiss them neither will anyone!

  10. Marlvina

    November 17, 2016 at 8:38 am

    Sigh! Poor kid had to go through this. All ds “kissaholics”! Just admire the Lil cutie and move away, must you kiss? Especially after using that mouth for naughty things, you then use it on a child. No!!!!

  11. Suga

    November 17, 2016 at 11:58 am

    Hmmm, what can I say. I remember saying that kissing a child is not a very good practice after bellanija posted a picture of Jude okoye kissing his daughter, that is aside how awful it looks and the exposure on the child to kiss anyone that comes close to their mouth of course they can’t differentiate at their age and some people here called me names including old school, potential pedophile etc. Continue ok.. … may be experience will teach some of them a lesson of life too. And to think of our actors and actresses weakens me. But maybe they are old enough to fight the disease if it comes but for a child should be a NO NO, if you ask me. Please let’s continue to learn, it’s never too late to stop.

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