The Block star Lysandra Fraser has warned parents about the dangers of ignoring their children’s symptoms after her son was hospitalised.
Fraser told fans that her seven-year-old son Emerson had contracted croup, an upper airway infection that causes coughing, in a post to Instagram on Monday.
The mum-of-two, who appeared on the Channel Nine TV series with her twin sister Alisa in 2013, said she decided to share the awful news in a bid to help others.
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“It’s often a fine line deciding what we choose to share about our lives on social media. A lot we keep private and a lot we choose to share,” Fraser wrote.
“This one I’m deciding to share, not because I want everyone to know that Emerson is in hospital with croup, but because I was naive and thought that it was only babies and toddlers that suffered from severe cases of it.”
Fraser said she thought her sons Emerson and five-year-old Cohen were “past the danger age” of contracting the virus and ignored symptoms her son displayed.
“I ignored my generally strong instincts, passing it off as just a common cold. At 3am Emerson woke up with a nasty cough and he was struggling to take in any air.