Pregnant Millie Mackintosh reveals daughter Sienna has Hand, Foot and Mouth disease
Millie Mackintosh revealed that her firstborn daughter Sienna, 18 months, has been diagnosed with hand, foot and mouth disease, after being rushed to hospital.
The former Made In Chelsea star took to Instagram where she posted a snap of herself with their little girl looking distraught while resting her hands on her mother’s blossoming baby bump.
The star is heavily pregnant with her second child with husband Hugo Taylor.
Poor thing! On Monday, Millie Mackintosh, 32, revealed that daughter Sienna, 18 months, has been diagnosed with Hand, Foot and Mouth disease, after being rushed to hospital
Millie wrote alongside the heartbreaking shot: ‘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.’
Oh dear! The former MIC star took to Instagram where she posted a snap of herself with their little girl looking distraught and updated her followers
Bless: Millie later took to her Instagram Stories where she shared a video of Sienna playing in a toy kitchen, and told that her little girl is ‘a bit better’ and is playing ‘for the first time in days’
Millie explained how they have been assisting their daughter with pain relief and feeding her water through a syringe, but revealed that Sienna is still in tears all of the time.
WHAT IS HAND, FOOT AND MOUTH DISEASE?
Hand, foot and mouth disease (HFMD) is a viral infection that causes lesions to form on a sufferer’s hands, feet and mouth.
It can also affect the buttocks and genitals.
The condition is not related to foot and mouth disease in animals.
HFMD is usually not serious and does not require treatment, however, it can cause secondary infections if skin is scratched.
It is most common in children under 10, with outbreaks occurring at nurseries and schools.
How can it be spread?
Close personal contact, such as hugging an infected person
The air when an infected person coughs or sneezes
Contact with faeces, such as changing diapers of an infected person, then touching your eyes, nose, or mouth before washing your hands
Contact with contaminated objects and surfaces, like touching a doorknob that has viruses on it, then touching your eyes, mouth, or nose before washing your hands
Treatment focuses on adequate fluid intake, a soft diet and painkillers, if necessary.
She continued: ‘We have been giving her regular pain relief and using a numbing throat spray which seems to be helping a little, 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 throughout the day but at least I know she is getting some fluids. Rules and routine have mainly gone out the window with lots of Peppa Pig and cocomelon!
‘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.’
Millie later took to her Instagram Stories where she shared a video of Sienna playing in a toy kitchen.
The doting mum told her followers that her little girl is ‘a bit better’ and is playing ‘for the first time in days.’
Luckily the toddler has also regained her appetite, eating a croissant and some watermelon.
The pregnant reality star recently shared a snap from her ‘perfect’ baby shower – after she was forced to cancel last year’s celebration due to lockdown.
Millie – who welcomed her first child, Sienna, in May 2020 and is currently pregnant with her second – shared a picture from the event on Monday and revealed she had the ‘perfect day’.
‘Most people probably don’t have a baby shower when they have their second child but as I never got to have one with Sienna (due to Covid) I decided to go all out to celebrate the arrival of baby two!
‘It was the perfect day, surrounded by my nearest and dearest, eating lots of cake!’
She concluded: ‘I loved catching up with people who haven’t been in a room together for nearly two years!! It was the perfect day thank you @elari_events for the beautiful back drop, I don’t want to take it down!’
Blooming lovely: Last week, Millie shared a snap from her ‘perfect’ baby shower – after she was forced to cancel last year’s celebration due to lockdown