Health + Safety

Mother Claims Baby Got Herpes from Daycare Teacher

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An Oklahoma mother claims her one-year-old daughter contracted a horrible case of herpes from her daycare teacher.

Consuela Smith says when her daughter “started getting blisters all around her mouth and bleeding,” she immediately took her to the doctor.

The result: “They told me that she had herpes.”

After the diagnosis, the mother contacted ChildTime daycare and was given more disturbing news, leading her to believe her daughter contracted herpes at daycare.

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

“Herpetic stomatitis is basically when you have multiple cold sores in your mouth,” medical doctor Ryan Brown from OU Children’s explained. “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 a national chain and is well recognized for child development, according to the report.

The daycare’s corporate offices out of Michigan issued the following statement:

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. We take every precaution to prevent the spread of germs or illness, and investigate any reported concerns.

Smith is furious that her daughter is in pain day and night, but says she is focused on getting her daughter well and keeping others safe.

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

Read the full story at KFOR