Mrs Hinch opened up about the nightmare she and her family faced after revealing her son Ron, 3, had been diagnosed with Kawasaki disease.
Cleanfluencer, real name Sophie Hinchliffe, shared the news on Instagram account, before going into more detail about the terrifying experience.
Alongside a photo of her young son in hospital, the 33-year-old explained that he had been there for 10 days after being diagnosed with a rare but in some cases fatal illness.
She wrote in an emotional caption about his health battle: “‘We can go home now mom.’ Ron, you are VERY brave, VERY strong, VERY loved and just the most adorable little boy ever.
“We’ve spent 10 days living what feels like a real-life nightmare.
“But I just wanted to thank you all for so many kind messages and updates to all of you.”
She then continued: “Ron’s temperature spiked 40 degrees at home, I called an ambulance. Ron was admitted to the hospital and started on IV antibiotics but NOTHING worked, it was in fact the condition. Ronnie’s condition worsened.
“The amazing doctors and nurses started every blood test and scan you can imagine. We went through the rooms and hallways for days just waiting for an answer, the results were.. . whatever!
“Seeing Ron like that makes me scared and desperate like I’ve never had in my life. What’s going on with our son! Please tell me!”
But the ordeal for Mrs Hinch and her partner Jamie doesn’t stop there.
Ms. Hinch continued: “After a few days, more symptoms appeared and the results returned. Ron was diagnosed with Kawasaki disease, a disease I had never heard of before.
“Kawasaki disease is a rare, non-communicable disease that affects only around eight out of every 100,000 children under the age of five in the UK.
“This disease causes swelling of blood vessels throughout the body. It can also affect the blood vessels that supply the heart muscle if not treated early.”
The mother-of-two said the main symptoms to watch out for are “persistent high temperature, generalized rash, swelling and then peeling of hands and feet, red blistered lips, bloodshot eyes, strawberry tongue, inflammation throat and swelling. lymph glands.”
More on the situation, she added: “This past week has rocked the world as a family for us. I’ve never felt so scared.”
However, she later extended her special thanks to the hospital staff, who took care of and treated her son until he got home safely.
This past week has rocked our world as a family – I’ve never felt so scared
She concluded: “I need to say THANK YOU to the incredible team at Broomfield, St Marys and Great Ormond street hospitals.
“Thank you for answering our prayers and making our Ronnie better, his little smile says it all, so thank you.
“Please if anyone reading this is the parent/caregiver of a child with Kawasaki disease Jamie and I would be grateful to hear from you and your story.
“I will do all I can to help raise awareness of this disease for which up to now there is no clear cause.
“OUR VERY SPECIAL ROONNIE HAS BEEN HOME and we’re finally back together as a family.”
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What is Kawasaki disease?
According to the NHSKawasaki disease is a rare condition that mainly affects children under the age of five.
This condition, also known as mucocutaneous lymphadenopathy syndrome, usually lasts for 5 days or longer and has the following symptoms:
- swollen lymph nodes in the neck
- dry red cracked lips
- swollen, bumpy, red tongue (“strawberry tongue”)
- redness inside the mouth and in the back of the throat
- swollen and red hands and feet
- red eyes
NHS guidelines state “see an urgent GP or call 111 if you cannot speak to your GP, if your child has a persistent high fever and has 1 or more symptoms of Kawasaki disease. “
They also stress that if your child is under 1, it’s more important to see your GP or call 111 right away.
Although most will make a full recovery, if left untreated, about 2-3% of cases can lead to complications that can be fatal.