Emily Andrea recalls son Theo being admitted to hospital for his breathing

In her latest column for OK!,Emily Andrea shares her sympathy with former TOWIE star Lucy Mecklenburgh after her son Roman's hopsital dash and recalls her own experience when son Theo was admitted to hospital for his breathing.

Emily also admits how proud she is of her daughter Millie for her gymnastic ambitions and discusses how celebrities opening up about their health issues can help us all.

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Trust your instinct when it comes to your baby's health

I was shocked when Lucy Mecklenburgh revealed she had to rush her one-year-old son Roman to hospital after she found him blue in his cot.

He was placed on a ventilator and spent almost a week in intensive care. This must have been so scary and I’m delighted he has recovered.

When Theo was about a week old he was admitted to hospital because of his breathing. It wasn’t as serious as what happened to Roman, but it was incredibly stressful.

As Theo was born in winter, he picked up one of the viruses that can affect breathing in babies. We drove him to hospital and he stayed for a few days.

He just needed a bit of oxygen and luckily made a full recovery. Thankfully, he didn’t need support with his breathing and he didn’t have to go to intensive care.

But it was an awful time as parents, so I can’t even start to imagine how stressful it was for Lucy and her fiancé Ryan Thomas.

There are a range of symptoms in an unwell baby, so the most important thing is to trust your instinct – if something doesn’t feel right, get help.

Things to look out for include pale, blue or blotchy skin, if you can’t wake the baby or if they’re drowsy, signs of dehydration or breathing difficulty.

For a full list, check the NHS website where there’s lots of helpful advice.

I was a very proud mum recently as Millie was moved up to the intermediate class in gymnastics.

She absolutely loves it and is always practising. I have to tell her off sometimes as she’s constantly cartwheeling and crashing into people and kicking them!

She does it in a small space and it’s usually Theo who ends up getting kicked, poor thing.

The gym she goes to is brilliant. My mum was an amazing gymnast and Millie would love to follow in her footsteps.

Whenever she’s allowed on her iPad she always chooses to watch gymnastics on YouTube. So watch this space – we could have a future champion on our hands!

Pure bravery


TV presenter Julia Bradbury recently revealed she’s been diagnosed with breast cancer, while Merlin Griffiths, the barman from First Dates, spoke about being diagnosed with bowel cancer.

I think for both of them to come out publicly about their diagnoses is really brave.

When you’re diagnosed with something that life-changing it can be extremely difficult to talk about.

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Some people struggle to discuss it even with close family or friends, so for them to open up about it publicly will help so many people in the same situation.

Thousands of people will be going through the same thing and I think it gives them courage and comfort to know that they are not alone.

Amy's life-changing surgery

Actress Amy Schumer has revealed she underwent a hysterectomy after suffering from “debilitating” endometriosis.

This is when tissue similar to the lining of the womb starts to grow in other places. It can lead to inflammation and scarring.

I thought it was very courageous of Amy to share this. She’s only 40, so she’s still young, and her son isn’t very old, either.

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By having a hysterectomy, she now isn’t able to carry any more children, which is a really big thing to go through.

Treatment for endometriosis – which is a common condition – will vary depending on how severe it is, ranging from medication to control your monthly cycle to surgery, as in Amy’s case.

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