Kaylah Merritt, one, spent four days in the hospital as a result of being kissed on the lips by a family member who had a cold sore.\r\n\r\nHer mother recounts the horrifying experience of seeing Kaylah develop a painful purple rash that spread all over her body, according to the Daily Mirror.\r\n\r\nHer parents, Brogan Thomas and Connor Merritt, both 22, who are from County Durham, U.K, immediately rushed her to the A&E department at Darlington Memorial Hospital for treatment.\r\n\r\nKaylah was diagnosed with eczema herpeticum, caused by the herpes simplex virus. She needed two rounds of antibiotics and several different creams just to soothe her skin, doctors told the Daily Mail. Her condition very easily could have become fatal.\r\n\r\n\r\nA Simple Kiss That Could Have Been Fatal\r\nBrogan, who is a stay-at-home mother, said she cried after doctors told her how dangerous it was. She realised she nearly lost Kaylah to a \u2018silly\u2019 kiss. \r\n\r\n\u201cConnor was shocked and couldn't believe all this was down to a kiss too.\u201d\r\n\r\n\u201cIf we hadn't gone to the hospital quickly, it could have been very dangerous, we could have lost her.\u201d\r\n\r\nWhen Kaylah showed signs of the rash, her parents realised that her cries were different than usual.\r\n\r\n\u201cKaylah was crying so hard, I knew it could only mean she was in pain.\u201d\r\n\r\n\u201cWe were at home and I was about to put her in the bath when I suddenly saw all the marks on her legs.\u201d\r\n\r\n\u201cIt was an awful nightmare, there were purple rashes everywhere and Kaylah was sobbing her heart out.\u201d\r\n\r\nPreviously, Kaylah had also contracted meningitis and had to go through a lumbar puncture to survive. This greatly added to Brogan\u2019s fears.\r\n\r\n\r\nStaying Calm to the Hospital\r\n\u201cMy fianc\u00e9 was petrified, but he kept me calm and made sure Kaylah was calm too. I instantly knew we had to take her to the hospital,\u201d she said.\r\n\r\n\u201cThe doctors told us that someone with a cold sore must have kissed her on the lips and because babies' immune systems are not strong enough, she developed the rash.\u201d\r\n\r\nKaylah is now out of danger, but she still needs to go for weekly doctor\u2019s appointments. She also need to take daily medication until the virus is completely gone from her body.\r\n\r\nAs a result of this scare, Kaylah parents are now warning others to be aware of this risk. \r\n\r\n\u201cI just want other parents to know, you don\u2019t have to be a physically ill to harm a baby\u2014you can just be a carrier of the virus and still affect them.\u201d\r\n\r\nFor more news and updates on motherhood and parenting, please visit Motherhood.com.my.