Melissa Suffield rushed son to hospital with 'nasty virus'
Melissa Suffield rushed her son to hospital for the third time in 16 days after he was struck down with a "nasty virus".
The former 'EastEnders' actress - who portrayed Lucy Beale from 2004 to 2010 in the BBC One soap - revealed her two-year-old boy River was given three doses of nebuliser and then "perked right up".
She wrote on her Instagram Stories: "Back to A and E again. That’s three visits in the last 16 days.
"Given 3 loads of nebuliser (he was NOT a fan) and some meds and he perked right up. Very much enjoyed having a biscuit in bed and making a friend who he called Baby, even though she was older than him.
"Have been sent home with inhalers to wean from the various nebulisers and some more meds."
The 29-year-old star urged other parents to trust their instincts if they are concerned about their kids' health.
She added: "Basically very pleased we went in as it’s absolutely where we needed to be. Always trust your instincts.
"Just a nasty virus being nasty. Fingers crossed it passes quickly now, I am not up for a 4th visit next week, but more than anything just pleased he’s better now."
Melissa now regularly posts about body confidence and parenting on her Instagram feed.
In September, the former 'Casualty' star advised others that their parenting is defined by how they love, protect and care for their kids "unconditionally" rather than how early in life their little ones walk or talk.
She posted: "Who can relate to this?
You read the books, you do the research, you buy the things- and then promptly forget that nothing is guaranteed. And you feel AWFUL. Because of course this is YOUR FAILING. You are BAD at this parenting business. You start to obsess over the mealtimes, or the milestones, or whatever else it is that isn’t going the way you wanted it to, and you feel terrible for it.
But remember, your parenting is not defined by how early your kid walks or talks, or when they tick off their first 100 foods or sleep through the night. Your parenting is defined by how fiercely you love your child, how you protect them, and care for them, unconditionally. So read the books, buy the stuff and whatnot- but just because it doesn’t go ‘right’, doesn’t mean it’s going wrong. They’re going to be amazing and you’re going to be so proud of them [heart emoji] (sic)"