Millie Mackintosh has revealed her daughter Sienna has been rushed to hospital and diagnosed with hand, foot and mouth disease.
The former Made In Chelsea star, who is pregnant with her second child, shared a snap with her 16-month-old daughter and revealed she had to go to A&E as she opened up on the ordeal.
She wrote on Instagram: ‘It’s been a rough few days in the Taylor household, Sienna has really not been herself.
‘I put it down to having a cold and possibly teething as she kept crying and pointing at her mouth, by the end of the week she was refusing to eat or drink anything, even the sight of her milk bottle would make her scream so I knew it was something more.
‘We took her to A&E and they found ulcers on her tongue and the roof of her mouth, they diagnosed her with Hand, Foot and Mouth. Her throat is very sore, apparently it’s like tonsillitis but worse.
‘I felt so bad for not realising, but she doesn’t have the telling rash around her mouth or on her hands and feet – but apparently that can come later.’
Hand, foot and mouth disease (HFMD) – which is not related to foot and mouth in animals – is a virus which causes lesions on the hands, feet and mouth, while it can also affect the sufferer’s genitals and buttocks.
The infection is most common in children under the age of 10.
The 32-year-old star explained she and her husband Hugo Taylor are giving their baby girl ‘regular pain relief’ as well as ‘using a numbing throat spray which seems to be helping a little’.
She continued: ‘She is sleeping more than normal but when she is awake she is crying non stop, which breaks my heart. It’s so hard to see your child unwell and I can’t explain to her that it will be ok.
‘She really hasn’t eaten much in the last few days just a bite of her favourite snacks here and there.
‘Thank you for all your suggestions of soothing cold foods after I posted on stories, most things we have offered are angrily refused and thrown across the room but we will persevere!
‘We are still having to administer water with a syringe through out the day but at least I know she is getting some fluids.’
Millie admitted ‘rules and routine have mainly gone out of the window’ as Sienna is being distracted by ‘lots of Peppa Pig and cocomelon’.
She added: ‘Fingers crossed she turns a corner today and starts feeling better. Sending lots of love to all the parents out there with a sick child, I keep saying to myself this too shall pass.’
She gave another update later on Monday morning, this time on her Instagram Story as she revealed Sienna is ‘a bit better’.
She wrote: ‘Sienna is a bit better this morning, she is playing for the first time in days and much calmer! So far she has eaten a croissant and some watermelon which are her current favourites.’
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