Kate Lawler reveals doctors feared baby daughter was at risk of meningitis and septicaemia in hospital dash

KATE Lawler has revealed doctors feared her baby daughter Noa was at risk of meningitis and septicaemia after being treated for an infection.

Kate's three week old daughter developed the infection in her finger but her temperature soared again yesterday, leading the couple to rush back to the hospital.

It was the third time in three weeks that Noa found herself in A&E, with Kate sharing an update on her progress last night.

The Virgin Radio host said on Instagram: "While the doctor informed us that Noa was showing signs of being quite sick and her initial tests were cause of concern, she fought back with antibiotics and we were sent home yesterday knowing that the chances of meningitis or septicaemia were now very low.

"We’re still waiting the final blood culture results from the lab but she’s been feeding well, she looks healthier and apart from hardly any sleep last night because of tummy cramps (a side effect of the antibiotics) she’s doing so much better and today is hopefully the only day we had to go back for her daily dose of IV antibiotics. "

Kate followers rushed to support her, including friend Alison Hammond.

The This Morning presenter wrote: "You got this Kate !! i’m so proud . This is a very tough start to this baby's journey but it will only make you stronger."

Towie star Lauren Pope said: "Your doing an amazing job, lots of love to you all ❤️"

And Gaby Roslin said: "You are wonderful. Sending so much love and strength to all three of you ❤️❤️❤️"

Whilst Celebs Go Dating star Anna Williamson said: "You really are doing so so soooooo well!!!! Honestly. Just take each day and if it helps, the newborn bubble was a myth for me too ☺️ it was delayed and I’m sure yours will totally come too ❤️"

Noa's previous hospital visit was due to a condition called paronychia – an inflammation of the skin.

What is meningitis?

It can be mistaken as the flu or even a hangover – but knowing the symptoms of potentially deadly meningitis could save your life.

It is the inflammation of the membranes that surround and protect the brain and spinal cord and can be caused by meningococcal bacteria and viral meningitis.

If it is not treated quickly, meningitis can cause life-threatening septicaemia (blood poisoning) and result in permanent damage to the brain or nerves.

The two forms of the disease have different symptoms.

Around 3,200 people a year get bacterial meningitis. One in 10 die and many more are left with life-changing disabilities.

Viral forms of meningitis are less common and rarely life-threatening, but can have lifelong effects.

Infections peak during winter when bugs spread more easily in confined spaces.

Meningitis is usually passed on from people who carry the virus or bacterial form in their throat or nose, but aren't ill themselves.

It can be spread through kissing, sneezing, coughing and sharing household items such as toothbrushes or cutlery.

It is thought that the bacteria are able to invade the body more easily via the nose and throat during winter due to recent infection with flu virus.

The illness can be caught from someone who is ill with meningitis but this is more rare.

The symptoms of meningitis develop suddenly and include:

  • A high fever over 37.5 degrees – the average human temperature
  • being sick
  • a headache
  • a blotchy rash that doesn't fade when a glass is rolled over it
  • stiffness, especially in the neck
  • sensitivity to bright lights
  • drowsiness, irritability or lack of energy
  • cold hands and feet
  • seizures

While prior to that the tot had difficulty breathing and was seen in the neonatal intensive care unit.

Kate also admitted she has struggled to sleep, and to get out of bed, amid the stress and physical demands on her.

She said: "It’s been the most challenging, emotionally draining and stressful three weeks of my life.

"But I pray we have turned a corner now and can start to enjoy the newborn bubble everyone seems to have which so far has felt more like a horrible fairground ride I want to get off.

"It doesn’t mean I don’t love Noa, I’ve just honestly struggled and some days found it hard to even get out of bed."

Kate concluded her message with an inspiring quote, adding: "Winston Churchill once said ‘If you’re going through hell, keep going’ so that’s what I intend to do for my daughter."

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