Today, presenter Karl Stefanovic issued an emotional appeal after visiting the hospital with his daughter

Today, presenter Karl Stefanovic made an emotional plea to parents after a “really terrifying” run to the hospital.

Today, presenter Karl Stefanovic urged parents to be on the lookout after a sudden health scare sent their daughter to the hospital.

He opened up about the “really terrifying” ordeal Friday morning while hosting Channel 9’s Today show, where he was moved to detail how suddenly his one-year-old daughter Harper became seriously ill.

Two days ago, the father of four said his son had a “sniffle and cough” that quickly turned into a fever. She was laid down to sleep, but woke up with labored breathing, rapid heart rate, and a high temperature.

Stefanovic and his wife Jasmine took their daughter to the GP, but the child’s condition worsened dramatically and she had to be rushed to the hospital.

While the breakfast host praised the healthcare team for their timely and “brilliant” work, he said he knew he was not the only parent to go through this “shared experience”.

“There were literally thousands of parents in similar situations,” he said.

“We’re lucky it wasn’t more serious and we were lucky to have good people around you.”

Royal Children’s Hospital pediatrician Margie Danchin agreed it was a “family story”.

“After the last two years of being so difficult with Covid on parents, we are now just seeing a huge increase in viral respiratory infections for children,” she said.

NSW Australian Medical Association President Michael Bonning said the dramatic increase could be attributed to a lack of exposure to respiratory viruses and the flu.

“We know that for babies and young children who may not have been exposed to (respiratory viruses and flu) in the last two years, that first exposure can be quite serious,” he said.

“We know that the flu is a serious condition in children under five.”

Children under the age of five are one of the age groups most at risk for potentially “life-threatening” flu, according to a recent report.

“They are one of our priority groups for immunization,” said Dr. Bonning.

“This is something we want to encourage all parents to think about, especially while there’s a little flu vaccination right now across the country.”

Danchin said emergency departments have seen an increase in the number of sick children, 20% of whom needed to be hospitalized.

Stefanvic admitted he “felt guilty” about not taking Harper straight to the hospital, but Danchin said a family doctor was the best option for parents who might have to wait up to eight hours in the “really overwhelmed” emergency department.

She said children with mild symptoms should go to the doctor, but urged parents to go directly to the hospital if their child has trouble breathing, blueness around the lips, signs of dehydration and listlessness.

Parents should assess their children’s breathing by looking at the indentation at the bottom of the neck and around the ribs to see if they are breathing faster than normal or struggling to breathe.

The Doctor. Bonning urged parents to seek professional advice early, as a child’s condition can change very quickly.

“Your GP is often a very good person to have this discussion early on when you have a fever and a runny nose and you just want to talk to someone and get some advice,” he said.

He said knowing what to look for in terms of triggers and warning signs would help parents prepare for the disease.

Stefanovic said he hopes sharing his family’s experience will help other families struggling with similar conditions.

“There is nothing more mortifying than when one of your children falls and falls quickly when he is sick,” he said.

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