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Charlotte Dawson’s seven-month-old son Jude is rushed to hospital for the second time after struggling to breathe as she says the past 24 hours have been ‘scary’

Charlotte Dawson has revealed her seven-month-old son Jude has been hospitalised with Bronchitis for the second time. 

The reality star, 31, described the past 24 hours as ‘scary and crazy’ as her son struggled to breathe from the lung infection. 

Bronchiolitis is a common lung infection in young children and infants. It causes swelling and irritation in the airways of the lung.  

Taking to Instagram, Charlotte, who is also mum to Noah, three, said: ‘Oh, guys, it’s been a scary, crazy 24 hours again, with little monkey, my little cherub. 

‘We’re back in hospital. It’s like deja vu, isn’t it? With his bronchitis again.

‘But he’s not on oxygen this time. He obviously can fight it a lot better than he did when he was seven weeks.

Charlotte Dawson has revealed her seven-month-old son Jude has been hospitalised with Bronchitis for the second time

Charlotte Dawson has revealed her seven-month-old son Jude has been hospitalised with Bronchitis for the second time

The reality star, 31, described the past 24 hours as 'scary and crazy' as her son struggled to breathe

The reality star, 31, described the past 24 hours as ‘scary and crazy’ as her son struggled to breathe

‘He’s seven months now, he’s just really chesty so we had to stay in hospital because of his breathing, his temperature was really high.

‘It’s been really scary again but so happy he can fight it better than when he was a baby but it’s just crazy that he has got it again.’ 

Charlotte later took to Instagram to share a video  of Jude and wrote: ‘Thank you for all your messages love you all thank God he’s on the mend… just can’t believe he had it again so scary but so glad we went to hospital. I’m exhausted not slept hardly.’

Jude was only seven-weeks-old when he got Bronchitis and he nearly died but luckily Charlotte and her fiancé Matt Sarsfield took him to hospital. 

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Charlotte had dismissed it initially as a cold but she rushed him to hospital after realising something was terribly wrong when he struggled to breathe and changed colour. 

Jude was then hooked up to oxygen for six days with doctors telling her he ‘would have died’ if he’d come in a day later. 

The star said in December in an interview with Closer: ‘It was so scary. He wasn’t feeding and his breathing slowed right down, and he couldn’t catch his breath. Suddenly the colour changed in him, he went really grey. 

‘They saw him and straight away they said, “Thank God you’ve brought him in now, because he would’ve died if it was 24 hours later.” I was in utter shock.

‘When he was getting hooked up to the machines it was heartbreaking. It made me realise what life is about and put everything into perspective. If anything happened to Jude, I don’t know what I would’ve done. He’s our little miracle.’

Charlotte later took to Instagram to share a video of Jude and wrote: 'Thank you for all your messages love you all thank God he's on the mend'

Charlotte later took to Instagram to share a video of Jude and wrote: ‘Thank you for all your messages love you all thank God he’s on the mend’ 

Charlotte Dawson has told how it was 'heartbreaking' seeing her five-month-old son Jude 'hooked up to machines' when he nearly died from RSV Bronchitis

Charlotte Dawson has told how it was ‘heartbreaking’ seeing her five-month-old son Jude ‘hooked up to machines’ when he nearly died from RSV Bronchitis 

The former Ex On The Beach star, 31, had to rush her son to hospital back in October just a few months after he was born after the illness was first dismissed as a cold

The former Ex On The Beach star, 31, had to rush her son to hospital back in October just a few months after he was born after the illness was first dismissed as a cold 

He was then hooked up to oxygen for six days after struggling to breathe and changing colour as the doctors told her he 'would have died' if he'd come in a day later (her post from October)

He was then hooked up to oxygen for six days after struggling to breathe and changing colour as the doctors told her he ‘would have died’ if he’d come in a day later (her post from October) 

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At the time of the hospital dash in October she shared how thankful she was to have trusted her instinct after an initial doctor had turned them away thinking it was just a cold. 

Charlotte posted a picture of herself cradling her little one close to her chest and holding his hand.

She captioned the post: ‘Trust your motherly instinct. I might be absolutely exhausted but I knew something wasn’t right & it wasn’t. 

‘Our beautiful boy has RSV bronchitis after just saying he had a cold to go home and rest from the doctors. 

‘Thank god we went up to hospital at the right time and the nurses and doctors have been amazing got him straight on oxygen and we will be here until next week, but we are in the right place & in safe hands. 

‘Thank you for all your messages love you all, just got to focus on him getting better now so scary when they are so little & seeing him with all these tubes on him don’t want to let go of him.’ 

According to the NHS, Bronchiolitis is caused by a viral infection, usually the respiratory syncytial virus (RSV).

RSV is very common and spreads easily in coughs and sneezes. Almost all children have had it by the time they’re two.

WHAT IS BRONCHIOLITIS? AND WHAT ARE THE SYMPTOMS?

Bronchiolitis is a common lower respiratory tract infection that affects babies and children under two.

Most cases clear up within two-to-three weeks without treatment.

However, some infants suffer severe symptoms that require treating in hospital.

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Early symptoms are similar to a cold, such as a runny nose or cough. Over the next few days, these may develop into:

  • Fever
  • Dry, persistent cough
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Wheezing

Parents should contact their GP or NHS 111 if their child has eaten less than usual over their past few feeds or has had a dry nappy for 12 hours.

A persistent temperature of 38°C or above and a child who seems tired or irritable may also be a cause for concern.

Parents should call 999 if their child has difficulty breathing, a blue tongue or lips, or if there are long pauses between breaths.

Bronchiolitis is caused by the respiratory syncytial virus (RSV), which spreads via tiny droplets from the sneezes or coughs of an infected person.

This causes the small airways in the lungs to become inflamed, which reduces the amount of air that can enter them.

Around one in three children become infected in the first year of their life. By age two, almost all children will have been infected, of which around half of go on to develop bronchiolitis.

There is no medication that kills RSV but treatment is not usually required.

Only between two and three per cent of babies need taking to hospital due to bronchiolitis.

If a child become infected, parents should ensure they stay hydrated and give them painkillers if necessary.

Bronchiolitis is hard to prevent but the following may help:

  • Wash your hands and your child’s frequently
  • Wash or wipe toys and surfaces regularly
  • Keep newborns away from people with colds or flu
  • Keep infected children at home until their symptoms clear up 
  • Do not expose your child to smoke

Source: NHS Choices 

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