Jessie Cave has discussed her baby son Abraham’s COVID-19 battle and her relief that she took him to hospital as soon as he became unwell.
The actress’ youngest child, three months, was discharged from Chelsea & Westminster Hospital last week, two days after the thespian, 33, confirmed her baby’s diagnosis.
Appearing on Tuesday’s Lorraine, she said: ‘We’re fine, we’re doing well, we’re much better’ before discussing the onset of the deadly virus on her baby.
She said: ‘It’s the most contagious thing. I was completely symptomless so it’s bizarre. He was completely fine, almost two weeks later, he suddenly turned. With newborns, you have to be so hyper aware of every single symptom.
Update: Jessie Cave has discussed her baby son Abraham’s COVID-19 battle and her relief that she took him to hospital as soon as he became unwell
Jessie was gravely concerned by the change in Abraham’s behaviour and rushed him to hospital.
She continued: ‘Within a day, he wasn’t feeding as much, his cry was different, it was like a different baby. I just went into A&E.
‘Everyone has to be so aware of a quick change because it could have been very different if I hadn’t gone in.
‘Everyone is so scared right now, understandably. For children, it’s not as overwhelming for adults. You have to be so quick to go in and don’t be scared of going in. Don’t wait basically, go.’
Tough times: The actress’ youngest child, three months, was discharged from Chelsea & Westminster Hospital last week, two days after the thespian, 33, confirmed her baby’s diagnosis
‘Nothing has gone to plan which I guess everyone can relate to this year but it was scary stuff. He was in the neo-natal unit after a quick labour.
‘It’s just been, he’s 11 weeks now, and I just couldn’t believe it when we found out. It’s been such a strange period of time for everyone but very scary.’
‘Even my breastfeeding was affected by this. Because of the stress, my milk dried up a bit and I had to give him formula. Our lives have completely changed. Just two nights can affect your life.’
Giving an update on Abraham’s recovery at home, she said: ‘He’s OK, he’s doing much better now. It’s bizarre how it didn’t affect me but it’s completely affected him. It’s a lottery really.’
The mum-of-three is now quarantining apart from partner Alfie Brown and their two other children amid Abraham’s recovery.
Recovery: Appearing on Tuesday’s Lorraine, she said: ‘We’re fine, we’re doing well, we’re much better’ before discussing the onset of the deadly virus on her baby’
The star said Abraham’s diagnosis had given her a wake-up call and made her respect just how ‘dangerous’ COVID-19 is.
She said: ‘My brother is an A&E doctor and my dad runs a vaccination hub and listening to them, it’s amazing how worse it is this time.
‘I think we’ve all got relaxed in a way because we’re so used to lockdown. It’s a new chapter for me.
Hospital: She said: ‘Everyone has to be so aware of a quick change because it could have been very different if I hadn’t gone in’
‘I have so much respect for how dangerous it is, not that I didn’t before, but when it happens to you, it becomes so real and scary. People said to me, I didn’t think babies can get it, it absolutely can affect anyone.’
Jessie shared a sweet snap of her son Abraham to Instagram on Sunday evening as he recovers from coronavirus.
In the cute image, the three-month-old flashed a wide smile as he sported his mother’s huge red sunglasses while relaxing on a changing mat.
The actress’ youngest child was discharged from Chelsea & Westminster Hospital earlier this week, two days after the thespian, 33, confirmed her baby’s diagnosis.
Recovery: Jessie shared a sweet snap of Abraham to Instagram on Sunday evening as he recovers from coronavirus
Little Abraham looked adorable in a white and grey bodysuit as he gazed at his doting parent.
In another photo, the artist’s daughter Margot, four, sweetly planted a kiss on her younger sibling’s cheek.
Cartoonist Jessie has Abraham, Margot and son Donnie, six with comedian partner Alfie Brown.
Adorable: In the cute image, the baby flashed a smile as he sported his mother’s huge red sunglasses while relaxing on a changing mat
Doting sister: In another photo, the artist’s daughter Margot, four, sweetly planted a kiss on her younger sibling’s cheek
On Thursday, the London native revealed Abraham had been sent home as she shared a series of images from his stay in hospital, including her diary of his sleep and his bandaged arm.
Jessie shared her thankful note alongside the images, writing: ‘Baby is home now. Thank you for all the well wishes and messages of support. Be safe everybody amazing care from everybody at Chelsea & Westminster’.
The film star previously confirmed her baby was ‘okay and doing well’ having been stricken with the ‘powerful and contagious’ strain of the virus.
Jessie was doting on Abraham in the snap as she shared the news with her 162,000 Instagram followers that he was now at home.
Home again: On Thursday, the London native expressed her gratitude towards the NHS for their help after her little one was released from hospital
In the images she posted, she showed the bed she had been given next to his hospital cot, his sterilised bottles, her various creams and a video of Abraham.
On Tuesday morning, the actress shared a snap of her baby in a hospital cot in an isolated room, with an iPad playing Boris Johnson‘s national address announcing lockdown in the forefront in her initial announcement.
In her caption, Jessie – who has Abraham, son Donnie, five, and daughter Margot, three, with comedian Alfie Brown – confirmed her baby is ‘okay and doing well’ having been stricken with the ‘super powerful and contagious’ strain of the virus.
London-based Jessie welcomed Abraham in October and the newborn spent the first days of his life in the neo-natal unit following her ‘terrifying and humbling’ pregnancy, before being discharged in November.
Having left the hospital in November, Jessie was back with her youngest after he contracted the new strain of the virus.
Her strong boy: The media personality shared a series of images from his stay in hospital
Temporary lodging: The film star also posted a picture of the bed she was given in the hospital next to her son
Notes: Jessie kept a feeding diary for her son
A caption alongside the shot read: ‘I watched the news about lockdown from an isolated room in hospital. Poor baby is covid positive.
‘He’s okay and doing well but they are being vigilant and cautious, thankfully…
‘This strain is super powerful and contagious so I do hope that people take extra care in the coming weeks.
‘Really didn’t want this to be the start of my families new year. Really didn’t want to be back in a hospital so soon after his traumatic birth…
‘Once again I’m in awe of nurses and doctors. It makes me even more proud of my brother, a&e doctor and my father, king GP…
Tough times: The doodlist previously confirmed her baby was ‘okay and doing well’ having been stricken with the ‘powerful and contagious’ strain of the virus
‘Please wish baby a speedy recovery’: She asked for well wishes from her followers as she confirmed he tested positive for the virus
‘Please wish baby a speedy recovery. He’s 9llbs 7 now so he’s a stronger and bigger boy than he was when we were last in a hospital room (and the needle went into his hand with louder more powerful screams) Love and best wishes to everyone’.
She later took to Instagram stories to share more snaps from inside the hospital, including stethoscope hanging over the bed, a breakfast of Cornflakes and juice and a sweet image of Abraham.
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It is not yet clear whether any other members of her family have been infected.
In her caption, Jessie praised her father David Lloyd, who is a GP, and her brother Robbie Lloyd – an A&E doctor. She grew up in London and attended Hammersmith’s Latymer Upper School. The family still live in the capital.
In November, research found that newborn babies are very unlikely to become severely ill with Covid-19, with researchers also concluding that the chances of a baby catching the virus from their infected mother is very slim.
Babies and COVID-19
Although rare, children under one are at higher risk of severe illness with COVID-19 than older children.
This is due to their immature immune systems and smaller airways, which make them more likely to develop issues with respiratory virus infections.
Newborns can become infected with the virus that causes COVID-19 during childbirth or by exposure to sick caregivers after delivery.
Research shows that only about 2% to 5% of infants born to women with COVID-19 near time of delivery test positive for the virus in the days after birth
Infants who have COVID-19 or who can’t be tested due to a lack of availability and have no symptoms might be discharged from the hospital, depending on the circumstances.
It’s recommended that the baby’s caregivers wear face masks and wash their hands to protect themselves. Frequent follow-up with the baby’s health care provider is needed — by phone, virtual visits or in-office visits — for 14 days. Infants who test negative for COVID-19 can be sent home from the hospital.
Just 66 babies out of 118,000 born in the UK between March and April, at the peak of the first wave, caught the illness in their first month of life — the equivalent of one in 1,785 births or 0.06 per cent.
Imperial College London researchers revealed the extremely low risk Covid-19 posed to infants after sifting through births between March and April registered by the British Paediatric Surveillance Unit (BPSU).
Of the babies that got the disease 28 were classed as severely ill and suffered a high temperature, breathing problems, or bouts of coughing or vomiting.
Whirlwind: Jessie famously became pregnant with her first child after a one-night stand with her on-off partner in 2014 (pictured with their kids Donnie, six, and Margot, four)
Between six and 30 per cent of newborns need to be admitted to intensive care for specialist treatment with other respiratory illnesses, studies have showed.
In October, when announcing Abraham’s arrival, Jessie posted a picture of herself breastfeeding and revealed he’s ‘in the neo natal unit but he’s a strong boy’.
Earlier this year, stand-up star Alfie revealed he and Jessie rekindled their relationship after splitting up when Margot was only 10 weeks old.
Together again: Earlier this year, stand-up star Alfie revealed he and Jessie rekindled their relationship after splitting up when Margot was only 10 weeks old
On maintaining a healthy work-life balance, the actress told Bustle in 2018: ‘I learned pretty early on you can’t do much work with children around.
‘When they were babies maybe, but now they don’t sleep so I’m basically on my feet the entire day. My mum is brilliant; she helps me most days.
‘And, actually, up until a few weeks ago I was living with her and my sister. My partner Alfie and I split up when Margot was only 10 weeks old.’
The cartoonist, who juggles her stand-up and acting career with her successful ‘doodle’ company, famously became pregnant with her first child after a one-night stand with her on-off partner in 2014.
Rise to fame: Jessie is best known for her role as Ron Weasley’s girlfriend Lavender Brown in the Harry Potter film series (pictured)