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Today: Karl Stefanovic says daughter Harper, two, was rushed to hospital

Today, host Karl Stefanovic revealed he was left ‘paniced’ and ‘feeling guilty’ after his daughter Harper, two, was rushed to hospital earlier this week.

The 47-year-old explained on Friday how his daughter had “the sneezing fits and a minor cough” on Wednesday, which led to him and his wife Jasmine, 38, taking her to the doctor.

But her condition soon deteriorated, her temperature reaching a dangerous 40°C and her heart rate racing to 200 beats per minute.

Today, presenter Karl Stefanovic revealed he panicked and felt guilty after his daughter Harper, two, was rushed to hospital earlier this week.

Today, presenter Karl Stefanovic revealed he panicked and felt guilty after his daughter Harper, two, was rushed to hospital earlier this week.

She was then rushed to hospital in an ambulance and diagnosed with a respiratory syncytial virus, which is common in children in the winter months.

“Two days ago, my daughter Harper had what she’s had so often this year, a sniff and a bit of a cough,” Karl told viewers of the Today show.

‘Within a few hours we gave her Nurofen and Panadol as advised and had her put to sleep.

“When she woke up, she was breathing really fast, wheezing, and her heart rate and temperature were through the roof.”

Karl and wife Jasmine welcomed Harper in 2020, their first child together.  Karl shares three older children with his ex-wife Cassandra Thorburn: River, 15, Willow, 16, and Jackson, 22

Karl and wife Jasmine welcomed Harper in 2020, their first child together. Karl shares three older children with his ex-wife Cassandra Thorburn: River, 15, Willow, 16, and Jackson, 22

He went on to explain that things quickly went from bad to worse, with little Harper eventually ending up in the hospital.

‘So we took her to our GP who was brilliant.

“But within a few minutes her condition deteriorated. Her temperature was over 40 and her heart rate rose to over 200 bpm. We were really concerned.”

The star explained how the ‘incredible’ GP quickly stabilized her with a nebulizer and called an ambulance.

Today host Karl Stefanovic, 47, was the doting father every inch when he took Vivid on a yacht earlier this month with wife Jasmine and daughters Willow and Harper.

Today host Karl Stefanovic, 47, was the doting father every inch when he took Vivid on a yacht earlier this month with wife Jasmine and daughters Willow and Harper.

“From the ambulance, the paramedics were incredible,” he continued.

“At North Shore Hospital, more doctors worked on her and she was admitted to the emergency room after a few hours.

“They did a fantastic job and the hospital staff were incredible.”

The presenter said he revealed the scary ordeal to show solidarity with the “thousands of parents in similar situations.”

Karl also spoke with associate professor Margie Danchin (pictured), a pediatrician at the Royal Children's Hospital, who explained that parents are

Karl also spoke with associate professor Margie Danchin (pictured), a pediatrician at the Royal Children’s Hospital, who explained that parents are “really dealing with it” right now.

“We were lucky, and we’re lucky, that it wasn’t more serious. But this is a shared situation, that’s why we’re doing it,” Stefanovic said.

“The point is you just panic, when doctors start working fast, you panic.

“We felt guilty, we should have taken her to the hospital right away, we took her to the GP first.”

Karl also spoke with associate professor Margie Danchin, a pediatrician at the Royal Children’s Hospital, who explained that parents are “really dealing with it” right now.

“Unfortunately, this is a similar story.

“After Covid has been so terrifying for the past two years, we have seen a massive increase in viral respiratory illnesses.

‘Over the past month we have seen an increase in RSVs – parents are really dealing with it.

“We also don’t want parents to go to the emergency department,” she added.

“Our emergency rooms are really overwhelmed.”

She said that when a child comes… increased breathing, blueness around the lips, or if they are listless and pale, the parent should take them to the emergency department.

Happy times: Jasmine settled into a shaggy Harper for the boat trip on the harbor earlier this month

Happy times: Jasmine settled into a shaggy Harper for the boat trip on the harbor earlier this month

Karl and wife Jasmine welcomed Harper in 2020, their first child together. Karl shares three older children with his ex-wife Cassandra Thorburn: River, 15, Willow, 16, and Jackson, 22.

Karl met the model-turned-shoe designer at a Sydney boat party just months after his divorce from his first wife in 2016.

The couple married in December 2018 at the One&Only Palmilla resort in Mexico

In an October 2020 interview with Stellar magazine, Jasmine described Karl's parenting style as

In an October 2020 interview with Stellar magazine, Jasmine described Karl’s parenting style as “very practical,” adding that it “helps a lot.”

The Warning Signs of RSV

Respiratory syncytial virus (known as RSV) causes an infection called bronchiolitis. The infection is spread between people through coughing and sneezing.

The infection begins with cold symptoms (runny nose, cough, sneezing, and fever). Warning signs include:

* Rapid or labored breathing

* Wheezing sound when exhaling

* Difficulty feeding (for babies this is because they only breathe through their nose).

Symptoms are often worse at night. The disease usually begins to improve after two to three days.

The infection can be worse and last longer in very young children (under three months), premature babies, or children with lung or heart problems.

No drug can be taken to cure bronchiolitis.

Children’s paracetamol (in recommended doses) can make your child feel more comfortable when they have a fever.

Babies with a severe infection may be hospitalized. In the hospital, treatment may include oxygen and fluids. Fluids are usually given through a nasogastric tube (a tube that goes into the nose).

Make sure your child is getting enough fluids. Smaller feedings given more often can help.

Saltwater solution available from pharmacies (eg Fess) that is dripped or sprayed into each nostril before feeding can help clear the nose.

Keep your child away from cigarette smoke.

Prevent the spread of the infection by keeping your child away from other small children, especially during the first few days of illness.

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