By: Jenny McClease
Oklahoma City, Ok - Consuela Smith, a mother of two, is infuriated after learning that her one-year-old child may have contracted a terrible case of herpes from a teacher at a nationally-acclaimed child care center in Oklahoma called “Child Time” near SW 89th and May.
Child Time, a division of Gerber Products Corporation, is a well-known child care center that has more than 200 locations all across the United States. The company has been in business since 1967.
According to Smith, her daughter has been in severe pain all through the day and night. She noticed that her daughter had blisters all around her mouth area and it was bleeding. Smith immediately took her daughter to a doctor and made a shocking discovery. Her one-year-old daughter had the herpes virus.
Smith contacted Child Time and spoke with the daycare director about her daughter’s diagnosis. “I told her what she had and they told me the worker does have this.”
For a second opinion, News Channel 4 in Oklahoma City spoke with Ryan Brown, MD at OU Children’s who said, “Herpetic stomatitis is basically when you have multiple cold sores in your mouth. Cold sores are normally caused by herpes simplex one virus. They are very easily spread, by touching and rubbing something else or saliva.”
When News Channel 4 contacted the Child Time branch where Smith says the incident happened, the employee on the phone told them they needed to contact the daycare’s media specialist.
Child Time’s corporate office in Michigan was contacted about the incident and this was their response:
“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.”
There is no cure for herpes simplex one virus. However, there are medications that a doctor can prescribe to ease the symptoms. Since, the virus is contagious it is imperative that anyone who has contracted it must practice good hygiene.
Smith is still angry about being betrayed by a child care center she trusted. “It’s nasty. A one-year-old walking around with herpes.” However, she is focusing more on improving her daughter’s health.