Kim and Kanye West spent the last days of 2017 watching their youngest child battle an illness.
According to TMZ, Kim and Kanye’s two-year-old son, Saint West, was admitted to a Los Angeles hospital the Thursday following Christmas for a severe case of pneumonia. The parents took turns spending the night at the hospital during his multi-night stay.Instagram/KimKardashianWest
Thankfully, Saint was released from the hospital on December 30 and is reportedly feeling much better.
The soon-to-be mom of three posted this Instagram update regarding Saint’s brief illness:
My precious baby boy is so strong! After spending three nights in the hospital & seeing my baby get multiple IV’s and hooked up to oxygen machines, our end of year was challenging. Pneumonia is so scary. I just want to thanks every nurse & doctor out there who works so hard around the clock. We are so grateful for you all! He’s home and all better. He’s so resilient, I’m sure he will still say the ambulance ride was cool! My strong Saint.
Because the cold weather can often bring unwanted diseases, it’s essential for all people to take the necessary precautions to avoid falling ill.
According to Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, here are a few ways for parents to help prevent their child from contracting pneumonia:
- Keep your child away from children (and adults) who are sick. If your child is sick with upper or lower respiratory tract symptoms (e.g. runny nose, cough and sneezing), it is best to keep them away from healthy children.
- Make sure your child is vaccinated. The Hib and Pneumococcal vaccines (PVC13) will help protect your child against bacterial pneumonia.
- Make sure your child gets a flu shot. Did you know the influenza (flu) virus could turn into pneumonia?
- Frequent hand washing with warm water and soap is very important to prevent viruses or bacteria from entering the body when hands come in contact with your child’s nose or mouth. When you’re on the go, use hand sanitizer.
- Don’t let your child share eating utensils, cups or straws with others. Same goes for facial tissue and handkerchiefs.
If your child begins feeling sick, Children’s Hospital Los Angeles suggests scheduling an appointment with their pediatrician immediately.
With Saint on the mend, the West family anxiously awaits the arrival of the fifth member of their family, who is reportedly due sometime this month.