Celebrities back mum’s online petition

Hayley Edwards' 14-week-old son got really sick despite repeated visits to the doctors only for her to be told she was an anxious first time mum. After he ended up in hospital she realised hundreds of other women have the same problem with this particular illness.
Hayley Edwards' 14-week-old son got really sick despite repeated visits to the doctors only for her to be told she was an anxious first time mum. After he ended up in hospital she realised hundreds of other women have the same problem with this particular illness.

Celebrities have backed a Normanton mum’s campaign which calls on GPs to review the treatment available for babies with reflux.

Hayley Edwards, 31, of Beverley Close, launched an online petition after her son Nathan Hudson, now 18 weeks-old, was rushed to hospital when he started choking because of a milk allergy and reflux.

Miss Edwards had already taken him to see a GP on a number of occasions as she recognised the symptoms but she was told just to try him on a different formula and that she was an anxious mum.

Paddy McGuinness, Coleen Nolan, Natasha Hamilton, Ola Jordan, Paul Daniels and Sherrie Hewson have all supported Miss Edwards’ cause while Coronation Street star Kym Marsh tweeted Miss Edwards, saying: ‘my little girl had reflux so I know how awful it is’.

Miss Edwards, who also suffers from a milk allergy, said: “Nathan was covered in a rash and he had swollen, watery eyes and he was really congested. He was squirming in pain all the time.”

The petition has already got more than 6,000 signatures. It asks for a review of the system adopted by GPs and health visitors when dealing with babies who could be suffering with allergies or reflux. Miss Edwards is also concerned that thousands of babies would be left with painful symptoms of acid reflux, after the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) issued draft guidance advising doctors to prescribe medicines more sparingly.

Miss Edwards said: “I felt like I was poisoning my baby, I hated feeding him because he was left in agony. I knew what was wrong with him but my GP just told me I was an anxious mum. I was also told that he had colic and a virus.

“I just don’t want anyone to have to go through what I did. It was hard enough to get the treatment Nathan needed but these new guidelines will make things worse. No mum wants to medicate their baby but within 72 hours of getting the right treatment Nathan was like a different baby.”

Visit http://epetitions.direct.gov.uk/petitions/68614 to sign the petition.