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Rhian Brace found out that her baby Ernie had herpes simplex virus (HSV-1).

When he came home from the hospital after being born, Ernie had a couple little red spots on his head. They were originally diagnosed as eczema. 

After several more appeared and more visits to the hospital, they got a diagnosis that made sense. Even though HSV-1 is just a common cold sore, it can be as deadly as meningitis, attacking the brain, lungs, and other vital organs if not treated right away.

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After a long line of antibiotics, baby Ernie is well. His mother Rhian only asks that people are more careful to wash their hands and be respectful of parent's wishes.

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Colleen Leidner is a student, writer & editor. When she's not frantically studying, she enjoys reading, being with her friends, and writing stories. A soccer mom to her five younger siblings, she lives in Stuart, FL, and aspires to write the next Great American Novel.

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