Parents from Iowa are warning others, don’t let people kiss your baby!

When you had your baby, were you paranoid about germs? I remember being extra careful about people watching their hands before touching my babies. Infants are extremely susceptible to germs as their immune system hasn’t had an opportunity to fully develop  Anyone who is ill should not come in contact with an infant whatsoever, let alone touch or even kiss a baby!

Nicole and Shane Sifrit became welcomed their daughter, Mariana about a month ago. A week after their baby girl was born, the couple were married.  Just hours after saying their vows, the couple rushed their week-old daughter to hospital.

Little Mariana had stopped eating, and wasn’t waking up when the couple tried to get her to respond. The medical staff prepared them for the worst.

“It immediately went downhill from there. Within two hours she had quit breathing and all of her organs just started to fail”, Shane said.

Mariana was  diagnosed with Meningitis HSV1, a life-threatening virus carried by someone with the cold sore virus but not necessarily with an open sore. Doctors said it’s likely Mariana contracted it from a kiss, but both parents tested negative for the virus.

The Iowa couple don’t know how their healthy baby contracted the virus, but she could have contracted it from something as simple as a family member or friend kissing her. Without a fully-developed immune system, Mariana would’ve been highly susceptible to infection.

Within hours of being at the University of Iowa hospital, Mariana stopped breathing and her organs started to fail. The baby girl was in intensive care fighting for her life, but her health was quickly “declining” and she “now has no brain activity”.

After being on life support, Nicole announced on her Facebook page that her baby girl passed away.

Nicole Siftrit
Facebook/ Nicole Sifrit

“Keep your babies isolated”, Nicole told WHO TV.

“Don’t let just anyone come visit them. Make sure they are constantly washing their hands. Don’t let people kiss your baby and make sure they ask before they pick up your baby.”




Maria Lianos-Carbone is the author of “Oh Baby! A Mom’s Self-Care Survival Guide for the First Year”, and publisher of, a leading lifestyle blog for women.

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