The kiss is an expression of affection, affection and love towards loved ones and when it comes to our children, it causes us to 'eat them with kisses' as the well-known phrase says. And we not only do it with kisses on the cheeks, forehead, body, but also directly on the mouth, this site being somewhat controversial for many people from a psychological, sexual, religious, cultural and also health point of view. Do you want to know what diseases are transmitted to children with kisses on the mouth?
When we kiss on the mouth, even if it is what they call 'a peck', we transmit saliva to the baby's mouth, saliva being a clear liquid that is manufactured by the salivary glands inside our mouth 24 hours a day, or that is, every day. It contains a large amount of water and chemical substances that provide us with many benefits, among which we have:
- Helps to moisten food to be able to grind it with the teeth and later ingest it easily.
- It also helps their digestion, thanks to the enzymes contained in saliva.
- Moisten the tongue, which allows us to differentiate the flavors.
- Keeps the inside of the mouth clean and to rinse the teeth, however it is necessary to brush them several times a day.
- And thanks to the enzymes present in saliva, we can fight infections of the oral cavity.
However, despite all these advantages when we kiss on the mouth, we can transmit 80 million microorganisms, making the tongue the largest habitat for microorganisms in the oral cavity
Through kisses we can transmit certain viral or bacterial diseases that can range from mild to serious and lethal to health and life, which I will describe below.
Tooth decay in children can be caused by multiple factors: microorganisms in saliva through kisses on the mouth, lack of proper hygiene of the oral cavity, especially teeth and ingestion of food, or the consumption of sugar or flour based drinks.
In children, they are frequently caused by the habit of falling asleep with bottles in their mouths. 80% of school-age children can have at least 1 decayed tooth. I therefore recommend an evaluation by the pediatric dentist when the first tooth erupts, who will recommend adequate oral hygiene measures.
This disease is caused by the herpes simplex virus, which can be found in saliva, especially in immunosuppressed patients. It produces bullous lesions inside the oral cavity, on the lips or outside of them and they are so painful that they are known as hot flashes or labial fires.
The symptoms can be single or cluster lesions (hot flashes), fever, general malaise, loss of appetite, headache and vomiting, often meriting hospitalization of the patient due mainly to dehydration or total absence of food intake for the same pain in the area. The recommendation is to go to your pediatrician to indicate the most appropriate treatment.
- Flu process
It is an infectious disease produced by a virus called influenza, which is transmitted through saliva and respiratory secretions (coughing, sneezing) and mainly affects the nose, throat and lungs. Symptoms can be general malaise, fever, runny nose, loss of appetite and dry cough with or without lower respiratory compromise (lungs).
If there are no complications the flu can last between 3 and 10 days, but if there are complications it can last up to three weeks or more. I recommend going to the pediatrician for proper treatment and avoiding complications and, above all, they should not self-medicate.
Viral disease produced by two viruses called cytomegalovirus and epstein bar, which can be transmitted by saliva and is known as kissing disease. It is a disease that produces a lot of weakness and general discomfort, since it depresses the immune system.
In addition, fever, loss of appetite, drowsiness, generalized myalgia (muscle aches), abdominal pain, lymphadenopathy (swollen lymph nodes), can sometimes cause gastrointestinal symptoms. The virus can cause hepatosplenomegaly, which is inflammation of the liver and spleen.
The treatment is symptomatic and must be evaluated by a pediatrician for its correct diagnosis. Its symptoms can be prolonged if the due rest is not kept, since the virus can remain active in the body for a long time or for life and become active when there is decrease of the immune system.
- Coronavirus Covid-19
New strain of the coronavirus family discovered in the year 2.019. It is a zoonotic virus, but it can also be transmitted from human to human through saliva and respiratory secretions (coughing and sneezing), which has facilitated its spread worldwide (Pandemic 2.020).
The symptoms can range from a cold-like picture: headache, myalgia (muscle pain), sore throat, fever and dry cough and can be aggravated by producing respiratory distress due to the presence of pneumonia and respiratory collapse, which can lead to the death of the patient. .
The virus can affect any age, but the most vulnerable age are older adults with or without underlying pathology. Treatment is initially symptomatic, but warrants evaluation. Unfortunately, there is currently no vaccine available for this pathology.
Surely after discovering them, you will think about it next time! But it is not about not being able to give kisses, but about taking a series of measures that we will comment on.
1 - Do not kiss the child's mouth directly, especially in babies under 3 months.
2 - Before holding your baby, wash your hands well with soap and water.
3 - Maintain good hygiene of your mouth and that of your child with proper tooth brushing.
4 - Do not share spoons, cutlery, straws or glasses.
5 - Do not clean the pacifier or nipples with your own saliva.
6 - Discuss it with the family so that everyone abides by the preventive measures.
7 - Do not allow strangers to carry and much less kiss your child.
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