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Leighanne Littrell On Baylee’s Illness

Brian Littrell’s wife, Leighanne, has already told OK! magazine that her 6-year-old son, Baylee, is feeling much better, but she has now opened up about exactly what happened with her son, and she also has some advice for fellow parents.

According to Leighanne, Baylee “broke out in a full-body rash” in early December, with “blisters in his throat and a 103-degree fever.”

After numerous tests and three misdiagnoses, the couple asked doctors to perform an echocardiogram, which showed damage to Baylee’s coronary arteries. It was determined that Baylee suffered from atypical Kawasaki disease. He’s been released from Atlanta’s Scottish Rite Children’s Hospital after receiving treatment, and now Brian and Leighanne are reaching out to other parents. “If you feel like something is wrong, follow our instinct,” says Leighanne, who talks to OK! about the fight for her son’s life.

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On how Baylee is doing now: “Good. He is running around in his Batman costume, feeling so much better, and his attitude is fantastic.”

On when he first got sick: “Around his birthday, Nov. 26. He felt nauseous and had diarrhea. His grandpa also noticed his lymph nodes were a little swollen. Baylee wasn’t running a fever, so we let him have his party. We went to the doctor, who diagnosed him with strep throat and put him on amoxicillin.”

The symptoms didn’t go away: “We spent an early Christmas with Brian’s family in Kentucky. On the way back home, Baylee had a fever of 103. We took him to the doctor, and he had blisters in his throat. He was diagnosed with hand, foot and mouth disease, a viral illness that causes blisters. But he developed a rash on his body, and the doctors then thought he had erythema multiforme, a reaction to the amoxicillin. We got home, and the rash looked like a chemical burn; his eyes were swollen shut. We went straight to the emergency room.”

On what she was thinking at that point: “Well, you’re frustrated. There is no way you can believe a doctor who is telling you to go home and this will go away on its own. But Baylee had said he had been feeling these little heart murmurs – he calls them “heart sparks.” So Brian and I wanted him to have an echocardiogram. The doctors rolled their eyes, like, “They’re just being paranoid parents.” But the results came back and showed damage to his coronary arteries, and inflammation. He was finally diagnosed with atypical Kawasaki disease.”

On what’s next for Baylee: “We have to monitor his heart for six to eight weeks, until we know the IVIG has worked: It’s the only shot to cure Kawasaki. The other day, Baylee said, “I just want to be normal, Mommy.” Right now, he can’t do a lot of cardiovascular activity, but he can practice his karate. He also has to stay away from people who are sick because his immune system is weak.”

On their advice for other parents: “Doctors don’t know everything. They would never run an echocardiogram unless we insisted. We’d like to set up a fund for children who need extra medical testing, when insurance won’t cover it. I hope our experience can help another family. “

To see some stunning picture of Baylee, go here!

Have any of you had to struggle to find out what illness your child had?

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Celeb Baby Gear: Get the Look!

  • Kingston rides a Trek Jet 12″ Bicycle – $179.99
  • He wears L.A.M.B. Cami Tan Shoes – $60
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    Sarah Palin: Bristol and Levi Are ‘Working Their Butts Off’

    Alaska Governor Sarah Palin’s 18-year-old daughter Bristol gave birth to her first child, son Tripp, on December 28th. The former vice presidential candidate told PEOPLE that Levi and Bristol are both working hard at being parents.

    “You need to know that both Levi and Bristol are working their butts off to parent and going to school and working at the same time,” she adds, “They are certainly not high school dropouts.”

    The former vice presidential candidate said she wanted to be clear about their continuing work toward high school degrees because any suggestion otherwise “harms Bristol’s reputation and Levi’s reputation and their chances for good work opportunities.”

    Bristol intends to finish her high school degree through correspondence courses. Levi, also 18, told the AP in October that he had left high school to enroll in an apprenticeship program training him as an electrician. Gov. Palin told PEOPLE at the time that she hoped Levi would eventually earn a GED, adding, “I respect that Levi is out there working hard.”

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    Jen & Violet Enjoy Some Mommy & Me Time

    Jen & Violet Enjoy Some Mommy & Me Time

    It was just a check-up! Jennifer Garner and Ben Affleck were seen entering Cedars-Sinai Medical Center yesterday and we couldn’t help but wonder if Violet’s little brother or sister was about to arrive. However, later that same day, Jennifer and her 3-year-old daughter Violet were seen enjoying some quality time shopping at Williams Sonoma in Santa Monica. It looks like baby Affleck will be born in 2009 after all.

    What a sweet mother-daughter duo! ;)

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    Celebrity Baby Scoop’s 1st Annual Readers Choice Awards

    We are celebrating another year gone by in celebrity baby news. Over 8,000 of you voted and we’ve compiled the results of the 2008 Celebrity Baby Scoop 1st Annual Readers Choice Awards.

    What a great year it has been for so many of our favorite celebrities and their adorable children! We watched as sweet baby Harlow transformed her mom, Nicole Richie, who was once dangerously thin and in trouble with the law. We were shocked when Ricky Martin announced he was the father of twin boys, and we delighted in Gwen Stefani’s second pregnancy and her stylish maternity duds. We shook our heads as Ashlee and Pete named their son Bronx and we couldn’t get enough of the Jolie-Pitt clan!

    Of course, 2008 had its fair share of tragedy as well with the untimely death of new father, Heath Ledger, and the fatal plane crash that two-time father, Travis Barker, survived with critical injuries.

    Check out the results of our 1st Annual Celebrity Baby Scoop’s Readers Choice Awards. 2008 was busy indeed…..

    1. Favorite baby name: Winner: Harlow Winter Kate won by a landslide – Runner Up: Vivienne Marcheline in a distant second.

    2. Worst baby name: Winner: Bronx Mowgli – Runner Up: Zuma Nesta Rock in a close second.

    3. Most transformed by motherhood: Winner: Nicole Richie won by a landslide, – Runner Up: Nicole Kidman in a very, very distant second.

    4. Favorite celebrity parents: Winner: Jennnifer Garner & Ben Affleck – Runner Up: Gwen Stefani & Gavin Rossdale in a distant second.

    5. Favorite celebrity tot: Winner: Violet Affleck – Runner Up: Shiloh Jolie-Pitt in a close second.

    6. Favorite celebrity kid: Winner: Maddox Jolie-Pitt – Runner Up: Ava Phillippe in a close second.

    7. Favorite celebrity mom: Winner: Jennifer Garner – Runner Up: Angelina Jolie in a distant second.

    8. Favorite celebrity dad: Winner: Brad Pit won by a landslide – Runner Up: Gavin Rossdale in a distant second.

    9. Best maternity style: Winner: Gwen Stefani – Runner Up: Angelina Jolie in a close second.

    10. Favorite celebrity family: Winner: The Jolie-Pitts won by a landslide – Runner Up: The Stefani-Rossdales in a distant second.

    11. Most shocking headline: Winner: Travis Barker was critically injured in a plane crash won by a landslide – Runner Up: Ricky Martin became the father of twin boys came in a distant second.

    12. Favorite new baby: Winner: Harlow Madden won by a landslide – Runner Up: Knox & Vivienne Jolie-Pitt in a very distant second.

    13. Saddest split: Winner: Liv Tyler & Royston Langdon - Runner Up: Madonna & Guy Ritchie in second.

    We can’t wait to see what 2009 brings…..

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