Helen Flanagan reveals all three of her children are ill with scarlet fever as cases of the highly contagious infection rocket

Helen Flanagan has revealed that all three of her children are ill with scarlet fever after cases of the infection skyrocketed in the north west of England.

The Corrie actress, 32, is mother to Matilda, six, Delilah, three, and son Charlie, 13 months, with former Celtic player Scott Sinclair. 

Scarlet fever is a contagious infection that mostly affects young children but is easily treated with antibiotics. 

Under the weather: Helen Flanagan revealed that all three of her children – Matilda, six, Delilah, three, and son Charlie, 13 months – are ill with scarlet fever

Poorly: Taking to Instagram on Monday, Helen shared a snap of Delilah napping on the sofa while she battled with the infection

Poorly: Taking to Instagram on Monday, Helen shared a snap of Delilah napping on the sofa while she battled with the infection

A main symptom of scarlet fever is a rash of small, raised spots while some also suffer with flu-like symptoms, including a high temperature, a sore throat and swollen neck glands.    

Taking to Instagram on Monday, Helen shared a snap of Delilah napping on the sofa while she battled with the infection.   

She penned: ‘All the kids have Scarlet Fever. Glad to know what it is after Delilah not been herself and the medicine to treat it.’

Helen told fans: 'All the kids have Scarlet Fever. Glad to know what it is after Delilah not been herself and the medicine to treat it'

Helen told fans: ‘All the kids have Scarlet Fever. Glad to know what it is after Delilah not been herself and the medicine to treat it’

Parents have been warned to be on their guard for chickenpox and scarlet fever as cases rise among children across the country.  

The UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA) issued the warning to parents after nearly 3,500 cases of scarlet fever were reported between September 2021 and March 2022 in England.

One school in Manchester was forced to send a letter to parents following an outbreak of the virus, prompting the UKHSA to monitor infection rates in the north west. 

What is scarlet fever? 

  • Scarlet fever is usually mild, but highly infectious, prompting UKHSA to warn parents to be vigilant.
  • Symptoms of scarlet fever include a sore throat, headache and fever with a pink or red rash on the skin.  
  • Early treatment is important as it helps to reduce the risk of complications such as pneumonia and the transmission of infection.
  • Those diagnosed with scarlet fever should stay at home until at least 24 hours after the start of antibiotic treatment. 
  • Those infected should practice good hygiene including hand washing and not sharing utensils.
  • Rare symptoms of scarlet fever can arise when it circulates at the same time as other skin infections, including chickenpox.
  • One rare complication can include septicemia, an infection in the blood, which can potentially be fatal. 
  • Parents who suspect their child has scarlet fever should seek medical advise via their GP or by calling 111 

The news about Helen’s children falling ill follows after she attended Ladies Day at Aintree on Friday with her mum, Julia. 

The actress looked chic in a classic brown wrap dress from Never Fully Dressed while at the iconic horse racing event in Liverpool. 

Helen carried her belongings in a soft pink suede Dior handbag and accessorised with a netted fascinator in a similar shade.

The soap star boosted her height with a sparkling pair of strappy gold stilettos and completed her look with a gold wristwatch and a pretty pink manicure.

Helen’s mum, Julia, commanded attention in a stunning blue bubble wrap frock, which was also from Never Fully Dressed. 

She strolled around in silver heels, and held a beaded white clutch bag in her hand, while tying everything together with a bold blue fascinator. 

Mum and daughter day: On Friday, Helen looked chic in a classic brown wrap dress as she enjoyed Ladies Day at Aintree with her glamorous mum Julia

Mum and daughter day: On Friday, Helen looked chic in a classic brown wrap dress as she enjoyed Ladies Day at Aintree with her glamorous mum Julia

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