Terrified Frankie Bridge rushes son Parker, 6, to A&E as he ‘gasps for air’ after suffering croup attack
FRANKIE Bridge was terrified last night as son Parker was rushed to A&E after suffering a croup attack.
The singer and presenter, 31, revealed the ordeal broke her heart but reassured fans the six-year-old was now OK in an Instagram post this morning.
A sleepy selfie saw Frankie cuddling her eldest, and she wrote: "Was in a&e last night with this little guy… with yet another croup attack… doesn't matter how many times it happens…
"To see someone grasping for air is always terrifying. Breaks my heart. But he's absolutely fine now… all just very sleepy…"
Croup is a condition that typically affects babies and young children, irritating the upper airways and causing them to swell making it harder to breathe.
It is identifiable through the distinctive cough which sounds like a dog's bark – it can also have a harsh, painful-sounding noise when the child breathes in which is known as "stridor".
What is croup?
Croup is a condition that occurs in young children and babies affecting their windpipe (trachea), the airways to the lungs (bronchi) and the voice box (larynx).
Typically croup is identifiable through the distinctive cough which sounds like a dog's bark – it can also have a harsh, painful-sounding noise when the child breathes in which is known as "stridor".
In most cases, croup is a relatively mild illness which can be treated at home under the advisement of your GP.
When your child or baby is stressed it is best to keep them upright and comforted as crying can make the symptoms worse.
If your child develops breathing problems as a result of croup, doctors in A&E will often give them oxygen and a shot of adrenaline to ease their breathing problems.
Most cases of croup will clear up within 48 hours but in some cases they can last as long as up to 2 weeks.
Croup is spread in a similar way to the common cold and so it is very difficult to prevent.
In most instances it is a condition that can be diagnosed easily by your GP and then treated at home.
However, if the airway gets blocked and there's trouble breathing, it may need a trip to an A&E department.
Frankie's youngest son Carter, five, was none the wiser this morning as he emerged full of energy in his Chelsea pyjamas.
The mum-of-two posted: "This guy however. Slept all night. Had no idea what happened. So has me up after 3 hours and is full of beans."
And the former Saturdays star couldn't help but laugh when she went to pep herself up with a cup of tea only to find her bag was tealess.
Frankie recently revealed that she's desperate for a third baby – but husband Wayne joked he'll "move out" if she gets pregnant.
The 31-year-old has been thinking about having another child so that her two sons have a younger sibling to play with.
The former pop star has lifted the lid on whether or not her plans in the near future include another cute little family member.
She said: "Wayne is having none of it! He was like 'if we have another one I will either move out or go and get a job I don't care what it is, I will just get a job…'
"So I was like: 'that’s a no then?'"
Frankie met the love of her life Wayne back in 2011 and they went on to tie the knot three years later.
The same year they welcomed their first son into the world, Parker.
The former Saturdays star took to Twitter to share the news with her followers and wrote: "Wayne and I are so proud to say our little boy Parker Bridge was born this morning. 7lb 13oz.
"All doing well and absolutely besotted."
Two years later Parker's brother Carter was born at four minutes past mid night on August 15 2015.
Frankie took to Twitter again to celebate the happy arrival of the fourth family member.
She told fans: "Our gorgeous baby boy Carter Bridge was born this morning. He is absolutely perfect – Parker is so excited to be a big brother!"
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