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Michelle Heaton’s Baby Son In Hospital With Viral Meningitis

Section: Celebrity Mums

The Liberty X singer shared the news on her Twitter feed and thanked her followers for their words of support after her son was taken into hospital

We really feel for singer Michelle Heaton and her husband Hugh Hanley. Their little son is only five weeks old, but today was taken into hospital as he’s been diagnosed with viral meningitis.

In a series of tweets on her Twitter feed, Michelle wrote,

‘The last 24 hours has been the worst and scariest in my life. With everything I've been through mentally and physically nothing, I mean nothing compares to that of when your baby is sick.

‘Our beautiful baby boy has been very looked after in hospital after being diagnosed with viral meningitis. And reflux disease just to top it off. He's fighting strong & taking the antibiotics well so far. But at only 5 weeks old one can only imagine our distress as parents.

‘He's very sick and in pain with the reflux. The hospital are amazing and he’s well looked after. Hopefully we will be able to take our little man home soon. I'm sure we will. Thank you all for your messages of support. We have read them all, and it means a lot so thank you. Xx’

While still a nasty illness, viral meningitis is not as serious as bacterial meningitis as it doesn’t usually lead to septicaemia (blood poisoning), which can be life-threatening.

Most people with viral meningitis will have mild, flu-like symptoms, such as headaches, fever and generally not feeling very well. In more severe cases, symptoms may include neck stiffness, muscle or joint pain, nausea, vomiting and photophobia (sensitivity to light).

Severe cases of viral meningitis need to be treated in hospital, with an initial dose of antibiotics and then intravenous fluids.

By the sounds of it, little Aaron is getting all the right treatment – both for the meningitis and the reflux, and he’ll hopefully make a full recovery.

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