Frankie Bridge explains what's wrong with her 'really poorly' son after hospital dash left her emotionally drained – here a doctor explains what to do if it happens to your child

Frankie Bridge's son Parker has fallen ill

Frankie Bridge’s son Parker suffered with Croup [Frankie Bridge/Instagram]

Frankie Bridgewho shares two sons with her husband, Wayne Bridge – revealed her eldest child Parker Bridge, 4, had been “really poorly” with a heartbreaking Instagram post.

Frankie candidly admitted her three year old scared her half to death after suffering with a bout of Croup that left her emotionally drained after a hospital dash.

Sharing the news with her 901,000 followers – as well as revealing she would miss the ITV Gala – Frankie posted a picture of her three-year-old with his arms wrapped around her shoulders.

She wrote: “The face of a proud emotionally drained Mum who’s child has been really poorly and scared her half to death and a child who is the prime example of how well and quickly they bounce back…

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Frankie and Wayne Bridge share two children together [Frankie Bridge/Instagram]

“This little man is so full of love and this surprise hug felt more amazing than he will ever know… not sure who was looking after who…? No ITV Gala for this mumma tonight… all home now so cuddles and Christmas movies are the order of the day… #family#love #son #mum #nhs Croup is not our friend….”

So, we spoke to Dr Renee HoenderKamp to find out exactly what the illness is, she told us the following:

What is Croup?

Croup is a childhood viral infection that affects the airways and voicebox. “It is characterised by a distinctive barking cough and sometimes a sharp sound when the child breathes in, known as stridor. It is often worse at night. They may also have a hoarse voice and find it difficult to breathe because their airway is blocked.”

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Frankie Bridge’s four-year-old son Parker and son Carter, 2 [Frankie Bridge/Instagram]

Who does it happen to?

Usually affecting young children aged between six months and three years, with most cases occurring in one-year-olds, it  can sometimes develop in babies as young as three months, and older children up to 15 years of age.

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The condition is more common during the late autumn and early winter months so I am seeing cases of Croup in my surgery now.

It tends to affect more boys than girls and a child can get it more than once. 

Frankie Bridge reveals she’s emotionally drained after son’s hospital dash [Frankie Bridge/Instagram]

What should you do if it happens to your child?

Most cases are mild and can be treated at home. Sitting your child upright and comforting them if they are distressed is important, because crying and anxiety may make symptoms worse. Your child should also drink plenty of fluids to prevent dehydration.

Make a doctor’s appointment as a single dose of an oral steroid medication called dexamethasone or prednisolone can be prescribed to help reduce the swelling in the throat. If your child has difficulty breathing they may need hospital treatment to support their breathing, such as adrenaline and oxygen through a mask. Most children improve within 48 hours, but occasionally symptoms can last for up to two weeks.

Frankie Bridge’s eldest son Parker has suffered with Croup [Frankie Bridge/Instagram]

In my YouTube video here, I talk about croup and show some examples of the cough and stridor. Please subscribe and help me spread the information that parents need.

For more information on Croup, head to the NHS website, where it is advised children who are finding it difficult to breathe should be taken to A&E.

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