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I’m a controversial mum and other parents are stunned at the rules I have for my kids but I don’t care

A MUM has divided opinions after she revealed the controversial parenting rules she sticks to.

Louise Barry, 23, confessed that she will never stop swearing around her tot – and that’s just the start.

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The rules left some parents divided
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Despite her son, Levi, only being four-months-old the mum has already gathered a lengthy list of rules.

But not everyone is happy with the Aussie mum’s rules and some even reckon her son will resent her when he grows up.

Louise, who shared the rules in a video on her TikTok account, captioned the clip: “Controversial ways I’ll be raising my son.”

The video has over 261k views and has sparked debate over the rules, but Louise says “no one’s gonna change my mind.”

Her first rule is that her son “will be raised as a boy because that’s what he is.”

Not only that, but Louise insisted that the tot “will be taught there are only two genders.”

And as far as swearing goes she’s got no plans to stop doing it around her son, no matter what naysayers think.

“I will not stop swearing around him – they’re just words,” she said.

Louise added that she will still teach her son that they’re “not nice words to use or call other people.”

But not all of the rules were so dividing, as the mum shared that she’ll teach Levi to “treat others the way he wants to be treated.”

The mum was slammed by some parents for the rules, but others defended her.

One wrote: “This is exactly how I will be rising my kids, good to see there’s still some people with common sense.”

A second agreed: “I’m 100% on board with this.”

But others thought the mum’s rules would make her son grow to resent her.

They said: “He might not love these rules when he gets older you know.”

“Personally I’d just let my kid express themselves how they wish,” one commented.

Another wrote: “Just teach him to respect others?”

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I’m a mum-of-nine, my kids eat so much I’ve had to build a supermarket in my cellar

HAVING children will pull at any parents’ purse strings and the more they grow, the more money you’ll spend. 

If you’re a mum or dad, you’ll know how fast kids can hoover up your food, use up household essentials like loo roll and shower gel and fill a wash basket full of laundry. 

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Jamerrill’s underground grocery store helps feed her nine hungry kids[/caption]

One mum has got it harder than most with an incredible nine children to care for. 

Jamerrill Stewart from the US happily shares how she supports her family-of-11. 

To make food shopping and meal prep less of a stress, she’s built a full-on supermarket underneath her house. 

In a recent YouTube video, she gave her loyal followers a very special tour. 

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She captioned the 40-minute clip: “By long-awaited request. I’m finally getting around to giving you the full tour of the growing grocery store in my basement!

“This is a large family food storage tour. Don’t be scared. I’m a mom of 9. I feed my large family of 11 all day, every day. We work from home, homeschool, and serve up about 84 meals and 60 snacks for 11 people a month (that’s over 920 meal-time servings and over 660 snack servings a month!). 

“I hope you enjoy today’s building a grocery store in my basement tour!”

Jamerrill regularly shares her meal prep and bulk freezer recipes online – as well as her monster shopping trips. 


But what lies beneath her home is astonishing.

“You’re going to see a lot of tomato products,” she warns, standing in front of a refrigerated shelf. “I’ll use 15 to 20 cans for a chilli – I do big stock pots and many other mega-mumma recipes with all this food in here.” 

Jamerrill leads viewers around her impressive cellar, where floor-to-ceiling shelves hold stacks of tinned meat and vegetables, jam, sauce and seasoning. 

She brings the oldest items to the front of the shelf, to make sure nothing goes to waste. 

The mum shows off her tinned shelf, and explains her labelling process along with sandwich-making for a family of 11. 

“We can take a whole stack of bread and make 22 sandwiches with peanut butter and jelly – and they last in the car for hours,” she explains. 

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She also has a whole shelf of bulk-bought apple sauce, and at least 60 cans of chicken chunks ready for mealtime. 

Among multiple cans of hotdogs, mushrooms and soup are towers of baked beans stacked precariously right up to the ceiling. 

“The beans are deep and wide,” she exclaims, zooming in on her collection. “If I’m doing soups or chilli I can use 15 cans easily.”

There’s at least 15 pots of mustard, hundreds of ziplock food bags and over 100 toilet rolls. 

“I have a whole big shelf at the bottom dedicated to baby items and there’s diapers up here in the paper plate section,” she says, holding up endless stacks of paper plates. “But believe me, this is highly, highly organised.”

There’s an easy way for Jamerrill to know if she needs to top up on any items. 

“If the shelf is empty, it’s empty,” she states. “I’ve probably got about 12 bottles of hand soap, and a box of extra toothbrushes and toothpaste.

“I’m also freeze-drying my own food and my leftovers,” she reveals. “I’ve learned some things. We have a good pantry storage amount of fruits and vegetables, soups, salmon, chicken, tuna and spices, coffee, vinegar and peanut butter – we roll through that.”

For anyone with a big family, Jamerrill is certainly an inspiration. 

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I’m a parenting expert & sleep pro – the ‘rule of threes’ that tells you when your toddler is REALLY ready for a big bed

YOUR toddler looks like they’re fast outgrowing their cot bed – but how can you be sure they’re ready for a big bed?

Well, according to parenting and sleep expert Lucy Wolfe, there are three boxes you need to check first.

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How can you tell if your child is ready to go from their cot or cot bed to a “big bed”?[/caption]

Lucy opened up to Zoe Blaskey on The Motherkind Podcast as part of their Toddler Milestone Series with Baby Annabell.

“For me, if at all possible, I try and avoid the transition to the big bed until perhaps I have the rule of threes,” Lucy said.

“And it is this.

“I love the idea that your child is older than three, because developmentally we know that they are able to process the information and not only process the information but see it through.

“So impulse control – I ask you to do something and maybe you’re able to do it.

“Whereas often before 2.5 or 3, I ask them to do it, they understand what I’ve said but they can’t necessarily see it through.

“For example, stay in the garden, don’t go out the gate, hold my hand, don’t touch the hot surface.

“That skill starts to manifest closer to 2.5/3, so again I’m might then say ‘Stay in your bed, don’t get out’, is more manageable for a slightly older child.

“So I like the idea that they might be over three.”

Next, Lucy likes the idea that the child is nap free.

“So I’ve no more naps so I don’t need to worry about trying to wrestle them into a bed in the middle of the day,” she said.

And her third rule is that the child is nappy free.

“The reason behind that is, now I really know, you’ve got an instruction and you can see it through,” she continued.

“You’ve learned how to wait so if I said, ‘wait, i’m going to go to the bathroom, I’m going to go away and then I’m going to come back and check on you’, I know that they’ve learned that skill because they’re toilet trained as well.

“That’s my ideal setting because then I feel it can be a much smoother transition.”

But that’s not to say that you can’t transition your child before the age of three.

Lucy said she’s had clients’ children around 18 months who were alreayd sleeping in a big bed.

However, if a younger child is becoming “unsafe” around their cot, Lucy finds herself getting “curious” about the reasons why.

And if they aren’t ticking her “rule of threes” checklist, she tries to investigate that.

“I might stay with them and teach them how to be in the cot one more time,” she added.

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I’m a mum-of-12 and my weekly shop is so big I fill three trolleys – it costs over a grand too

FOOD and toiletries are expensive no matter how big your family is.

But this mum-of-12 buys so much stuff that she needs three trolleys just to hold it all.

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The mum revealed that they fill three trolleys with essentails[/caption]

Alicia Dougherty, from New York, and her husband Josh have a lot of mouths to feed, so it’s no surprise that they buy more food than most.

But viewers were left in shock by how much they bought for just one week.

This comes after the mum shared a clip on their TikTok account of the mega shop for the bumper brood.

It wasn’t just food the family needed to stock up on, so Alicia bagged plenty of essential toiletries – including a new toothbrushes for everyone, five tubes of toothpaste, six bottles of deodorant and a whole lot of shampoo and body wash.

The savvy shopper also grabbed plenty of yoghurts, making sure there was one everyone would like, as well as some milk and a carton of 60 eggs.

The family must also go through a lot of cheese, since Alicia put not one but two 5lb bags of grated cheese in the trolley too.

Next, the mum hit the meat aisle where she bagged enough grub for the next week’s worth of meals, including sirloin tips for their Egyptian ‘around the world night’.

She then topped off the first trolley with loads of hotdog and burger buns, bagels and sliced bread.

Onto the second trolley and Alicia decided to grab a new mop and bucket to get things started, closely followed by 60 cans of ginger ale and bottled water.

For the family’s upcoming trip, the mum grabbed 18 packets of chewing gum for her kids to enjoy and 600 bags of cookies.

Alicia finished off the shopping trip by filling the third and final trolley with some frozen food, like Hot Pockets and 14 tubs of Christmas-themed ice cream, as well as plenty of fresh fruit and veg.

The mega shop ended up costing over £1,000 just for the week, leaving viewers stunned.

One person joked: “You need a Costco card.”

A second quipped: “Imagine how much stuff they waste.”

And someone else commented in disbelief: “I’m sorry just for the WEEK?”

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Britain’s biggest family jet off on surprise trip…with mum-of-22 so busy watching England match she almost missed flight

WITH Christmas just weeks away, mum-of-22 Sue Radford has revealed that she is off to New York with three of her children, for a festive trip.

Sue Radford, mum to Britain’s biggest family, explained that she was surprised by her husband Noel with a trip to the United States, just before Christmas. 

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BRITAIN’S biggest family, The Radfords, have jetted off on a surprise trip to New York, but mum-of-22 Sue revealed that she was so busy watching the England football match that she almost missed her flight[/caption]

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Sue took to Instagram to document the family’s journey, as she revealed that Noel had booked the trip as a surprise for the mum and three of her daughters[/caption]

Sue and her husband Noel are parents to Chris, 32, Sophie, 27, Chloe, 26, Jack, 24, Daniel, 22, Luke, 21, Millie, 20, Katie, 19, James, 18, Ellie, 16, Aimee, 15, Josh, 14, Max, 12, Tillie, 11, Oscar, 10, Casper, nine, Hallie, six, Phoebe, five, Archie, four, Bonnie, three, and Heidie, one.

Sadly the couple’s 17th child Alfie was still born on July 6, 2014.

The family famously doesn’t rely on benefits and is supported by their pie shop business.

The Radfords, who live in a 10-bed former care home, often show off their millionaire lifestyle on Instagram.

But it seems that Sue’s lavish holiday to New York didn’t go as smoothly as she had first hoped.

Sue has jetted off to America with three of her daughters, but the Morecambe family’s trip didn’t go quite as planned when they missed their connecting flight and almost missed the second flight after becoming too engrossed in last night’s England football match.

Posting on The Radford Family’s Instagram, Sue kept her fans updated about their trip.

Just yesterday (December 4), Sue, and her three girls headed to Manchester Airport to catch a connecting flight at Heathrow before going on to New York. 

However, it seems things didn’t quite go to plan when the delays at Manchester meant they missed their connecting flight.

But the family didn’t let that dampen the fun and relaxed in the departure lounge watching England play Senegal in a World Cup match. 

However, it appears that they got a little too drawn in by the fun of the game and almost missed their flight, again.

Posting a picture to Instagram, the caption read: “That was a bit of a rush, didn’t realise we had to go to the gate, was too into football.”

After safely boarding the flight in time for departure, Sue posted a picture with her daughters thanking her husband Noel for the surprise trip.

She posted: “New York, here we come.

“Thank you so much for surprising us with this, you are one in a million”.

The New York trips comes just after Sue made a fabulous Elf on the Shelf breakfast for her bumper brood.

Not only this, but we recently saw Sue take to Instagram as she started her Christmas shopping and shared her boot full of goodies.

We look forward to seeing what the large family are up to on their fabulous trip this festive season, as they are sure to post highlights of their stay away on Instagram.

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I’m a travelling mum – all parents make the same mistake on flights

A MUM has revealed a big mistake that parents make when flying with their kids that will make travelling more stressful than it needs to be.

Flying with very young children is not a prospect most parents look forward to, but there are ways to make it a much more bearable experience for you, your kids and fellow passengers.

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Vanessa and Kelvin Weir from New Zealand learnt some of these methods when they took their two kids travelling through Europe and say other parents shouldn’t be put off taking youngsters on long flights.

During their three-and-a-half-month trip, they visited the UK, France, Germany, Portugal, Italy, and travelled through Scandinavia, with their daughters Mackenzie, 3, and Cleo, 1, in tow.

From that, the main thing they swear by is boarding the plane last, even if you’re invited to board first as a family.

Vanessa told Stuff.co.nz: “The least amount of time in a small confined space the better.”

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Other parents have backed up the Weirs’ advice, saying that boarding the plane first with kids is always a big mistake.

Travel show host Samantha Brown has a lot of experience of plane journeys and in more recent years has started taking her young children on trips too.

In a recent video on Instagram, she revealed why it’s a good idea to get priority boarding seats when travelling with young children, but only board the plane at the last minute.

She said: “A lot of people like to pre-board with children under two- they think it’s great to get on the plane first. Here’s a better way to use the pre-board.

“Partner number one uses the pre-board to load all the stuff – all the bags and strollers – while partner number two waits in the gate area with the kids, keeps them worn out, walks them around and does not board until the very last zone is called.

“You walk your children on board, you get them settled and the plane leaves hopefully in 10 to 15 minutes.

“Think about this. If you use the pre-board, your child is sitting in the plane for a good 45 minutes more than the flight time. And this is a really stressful time for kids, right?

“There are bags going over their heads, people are really stressed and they can feel it.

“And what happens is once they get to a cruising altitude of 30,000 feet, that’s when the child releases the stress they just felt.

“So use the pre-board only to board stuff. Leave the kids until last.”

Elsewhere, a flight attendant has revealed which seats parents should choose when travelling with young children to make the trip as easy as possible.

Rebecca Love, who has worked for Virgin Atlantic for eight years, explained there are three places that are best for kids – the bulkhead, the window and near the toilets, depending on their age.

She told the Mirror: “If they’re little enough, try and get a bulkhead seat and request a bassinet (one of the cribs that attaches to the front wall of the cabin).”

Meanwhile, this passenger woke up on a flight to find a small child had scribbled all over her socks.

And these are the most child-friendly airlines available.

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I gave my baby girl a really spooky name – people always say she’ll struggle when she’s older but I had my reasons

SHE couldn’t believe her luck when she gave birth to her daughter on Halloween, as she had a spooky name ready in her back pocket.

But when Katie Adams announced that she’d called her newborn Wednesdaigh Adams, the response was unsurprisingly mixed.

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Katie Adams (top right), her husband David (top left) and their children (left to right) Ma’Kynnleigh, Wednesdaigh, Emma’Leigh and Jaxx’syn[/caption]

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Baby Wednesdaigh Adams was born on Halloween, so Katie was thrilled to be able to give her the spooky name she loved[/caption]

She was even trolled on Facebook for the moniker, with lots of people insisting the tot won’t be able to spell her name when she grows up because it’s so long.

And even Katie’s family often struggle to spell Wednesdaigh’s name – as well as the names of her other children, Ma’Kynnleigh, Emma’Leigh and Jaxx’syn.

“Some people don’t know who the Addams Family are and have never watched them,” Katie told us.

“My friends love all their names and my family can’t spell them.

“Some people are like ‘well they won’t know how to spell their name because they are too long!’

“Or ‘why did you spell it that way?’

“So I do get a lot of questions about their names but it’s kind of just whatever, and I don’t really pay attention to most negative things.”

Katie also revealed that she’d been wanting to call one of her children Wednesdaigh for years.

So when she found out that her fourth baby was due on Halloween, she and her husband agreed on the unusual moniker.

“We have always been Addams Family fans and all my kids love watching it,” she smiled.

“With my 2021 baby she was born a couple days after Halloween but if she would have been born on Halloween her name would have been Wednesday.

“When I found out my 2022 baby was going to be born on Halloween me and my husband agreed we would do Wednesdaigh.”

Among the critical comments from people were lots of suggestions that the name will lead to her being bullied when she’s older.

And that’s a prospect Katie is prepared for – but she’s determined to ensure her daughter is strong enough to stand up for herself.

“As far as bullying, she might because who doesn’t in this day and age,” Katie said.

“It’s really common in the schools around here and the principal doesn’t do anything so it wouldn’t surprise me.

“We will just have to teach them to be strong, independent kids and not to take anyone’s bullying.”

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Mum shares Elf on a Shelf trick to get her ‘naughty’ kid to stop misbehaving – people say her idea is genius

A MUM has been hailed a genius for her Elf on a Shelf trick to stop her kid from misbehaving.

We all know kids are usually on their best behaviour for Santa and his elves, but sometimes they totally forget who is watching.

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So one mum decided to take things into her own hands and shared her plan on TikTok.

Amanda Butler, from the US, decided the only way to stop her kid from misbehaving was to have the Grinch intervene.

In a TikTok video, she said: “I feel so mean, I’m desperate.”

Amanda added: “When your child has been very naught lately.”

So she decided to get her Grinch doll to lock up the elves inside two mason jars, and ducktape their mouths with a rather strict note.

The note read: “Hi, my name is Grinchy. I’m one of the Grinches elves.

“I was sent here to steal your Christmas, we heard you haven’t been very good this year.

“I kidnapped your elf MUHAHAHAHA.

“No elf means no Christmas. I get my power from being bad so the only way to get your elf back is to be good!

“But for now, it looks like you are stuck with me! maybe if you start behaving, listen to your parents and do your chores, your elf will be free and you’ll get your Christmas back.

“Good luck, with hate, Grinchy.”

The video has since gone viral with over 700k views and 55k likes.

Plenty of people took to the comments section to hail the mum a ‘genius’ for her trick and were in hysterics over the note.

One wrote: “GIRLLLLL UR GENIUS.”

A second person added: “TikTok be giving me the best ideas!”

A third commented: “I love this! my son isn’t horrible, but lately he’s got an attitude on him. thank you for sharing this!”

Meanwhile, a fourth added: “Brilliant idea.”

““with hate” that was personal,” said a fifth, while another agreed: ““With hate” sent me.”

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I’m a mum & have told my five-year-old son the truth about Santa – I want to get credit for the presents

WHETHER or not parents should tell their children the truth about Father Christmas has been a lifelong debate amongst many.

But one mum, known as Strawberry Hayes (@churchofstrawberry), already knows her position – she’s admitted she doesn’t “do Santa” in her house.

This mum doesn’t have to hide anything anymore – her five-year-old knows all about Santa
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This, she explained in a video posted on TikTok, is because she’d rather he knew the truth earlier and was aware where the gifts come from.

“As a mum, I don’t do Santa. I think it’s bulls**t.

“One, I want to get credit for the presents. Two, I don’t want Jasper thinking Santa’s some classist scum.

”What, the rich kids get better presents? No! The parents are buying them.

“And three, I don’t want to deal with the heartbreak of him finding out Santa isn’t real at a later date because I’ve just lied to him his whole life.

”Christmas will always be magical for him, because he’s never had any bulls**t surrounding the event.”

However, she went on to reveal, the decision to be honest about Santa didn’t go to plan – according to her, the son then told the story to his peers at school.

“I’m quite factual with him, so I told him that Santa was actually based on Saint Nicholas, who lived hundreds of years ago, and he was like ‘Okay, so he got too old and died?’.

”I said, ‘Yeah, essentially, but he was really great guy and he gave presents to people. The moral of the story is sharing.”

The mum chuckled: “This little f***er keeps telling all the kids that Santa’s dead.

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”I’m so sorry if your kid goes to school with my kid.”

Social media users flocked to comments, where they praised Strawberry for not hiding the fact from her son.

”Parenting done right,” thought one fan.

Another penned: “It’s so nice seeing another mum who doesn’t do Santa, it’s always a good day either way.

”My kids enjoy themselves and I definitely want them to know [the truth].”

“I think this is a really down-to-earth approach to have. It doesn’t spoil the magic, it’s realistic,” someone else added.

”If you can’t afford a bike, your kids know why.”

Hearing Strawberry’s opinion, others also shared how things happen in their household – a viewer told their kid that they’re the ones to buy the presents, whilst Santa is responsible for delivering them on time.

“I said he’s a delivery man like the DPD driver, I order and pay,” a social media user revealed.

As someone else said: “We tell our kids that mummy and daddy buy the presents and Santa delivers them like an Amazon man with magic.”

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Thousands of kids could miss out on school as parents keep them home due to terrifying Strep A outbreak

THOUSANDS of kids could miss out on school as parents keep them at home as fears grow regarding the Strep A outbreak.

Parents of pupils at schools where classmates have died of Strep A, which can cause scarlet fever and more serious diseases, have already said they will keep their sons and daughters at home.

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Muhammad Ibrahim Ali, aged four, died at his home
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Many more could follow, even at schools that have not recorded any infections.

In recent weeks, seven school-aged children have died of complications after contracting Strep A, a fairly common bacteria which usually causes only mild symptoms, such as a sore throat.

A 12-year-old boy has become the first secondary school pupil to die from the Strep A winter bug surge.

The lad, was a Year 8 pupil at fee-paying Colfe’s School in Lewisham, South-East London.

Another student from the same school is believed to be in hospital.

At least seven children are now known to have died from the illness which usually only causes a mild sore throat and temperature — but in extreme cases can lead to a life-threatening infection.

The other deaths were children of primary school age.

Four-year-old Muhammad Ibrahim Ali, of High Wycombe, died after contracting Strep A and suffering a cardiac arrest.

Currently, four-year-old Camila Rose Burns from Bolton, Lancashire, is fighting for her life in Alder Hey Children’s Hospital in Liverpool. 

One of those who died was a six-year-old child, thought to be a girl, at Ashford Church of England Primary School in Surrey.

Teachers at the nearby Echelford Primary School, also in Ashford, last week wrote to parents saying two children had been infected.

They said they had been advised by the UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA) that “children should continue to attend school as normal and parents/carers should not be overly alarmed”.

They added: “We would like to reiterate that if well, it is safe for children to attend school as normal.”

However, concerned parents have said they are so worried about the bug, which can be spread easily, they will be keeping their kids at home.

Last night, the UKSHA said it was up to local health protection teams to decide whether parents of children at schools where there have been confirmed infections should be advised to keep them at home.

A spokesman said those teams would make the decision “on a case-by-case basis”.

So far, no affected school has said healthy children should remain at home.

Kids with scarlet fever, where Strep A causes a sandpaper-type rash, should be kept at home, according to information published by UKHSA.

It says: “Scarlet fever is highly infectious and is spread by close contact with someone carrying the bacteria. Coughing, sneezing, singing and talking may spread respiratory droplets from an infected person to someone close by.

“Droplets… may also contaminate hands, eating and drinking utensils, toys or other items.”

It concludes: “Exclusion [from school] is recommended.”

However, there is no advice on whether children with a sore throat – which could be an early warning sign of Strep A or could just be a cold – should remain at home.

Infectious diseases paediatrician Professor Beate Kampmann, speaking on BBC Radio 4’s Today programme, yesterday said Strep A caused “an asymptomatic infection in the majority of people, then there is a sore throat, then scarlet fever, and in a very, very small minority will there be invasive Strep A”.

She said children with a fever should be kept off school.

She added: “It starts off with a high fever, very sore throat and very red tongue… eventually developing a rash which feels a bit like sandpaper.

“The rash starts in the elbows and behind the neck. It tends to then peel after about ten days.”

Most children will recover of their own accord but if a child deteriorates so they are “not eating, drinking, being quite flat and lethargic” parents should dial 111 or see a doctor, she said.

If given soon enough, antibiotic almost always help clear the infection.

Last night Camila’s father Dean urged parents who suspected their child might have the bug to take them to a doctor immediately.

He said: “Any doubts, if they don’t look right, just scoop them up and take them. Get them checked out rapid.”

He said Camila was showing signs of improvement but added she was “nowhere near out of the woods” and that “anything could take her back the other way”.

The pandemic lockdown is being blamed for the outbreak because children were shuttered away – creating a lower immunity to infections.

The Sun on Sunday’s Dr Jeff Foster said Strep A is one of the most common bugs doctors see in kids every year, but that it is currently surging.

He said: “It is commonly found in children under ten and is spread by droplets and close contact — through spit, sneezing, coughing and touching infected surfaces. It’s the same way you would get a common cold.

“You can get mild cases where children have a temperature and a sore throat. If it becomes scarlet fever they would get a rash, which looks like sandpaper, around four or five days after the temperature starts, and red flushing cheeks.

“This year’s is not a new variant. It’s the post-Covid effect as kids were not exposed to bugs for two years.”

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Q&A with Sun on Sunday’s Dr Jeff Foster

Q) What is Strep A?

A) Group A Streptococcus is the name of a bacteria which can cause different infections and is commonly found in children under the age of ten.

Every year doctors will see a lot of children with suspected Strep A. You can get mild cases where you might not even know what it is because they would just have a temperature and a sore throat.

It can become scarlet fever which you can spot if your children develops a rash. It looks like sandpaper and develops around four or five days after the temperature starts.

The child would also get red flushing cheeks.

Q) What is invasive Group A Strep or iGAS?

A) In very rare cases the bacteria can get invade parts of the body including the blood, muscles or lungs.

Early signs and symptoms of such disease include a high fever, severe muscle aches, pain in one area of the body, redness at the site of a wound and vomiting or diarrhoea.

How many cases have there been?

A) There were 851 cases of Strep A reported in the week ending November 20 — up from the 186 cases expected.

Q) How many deaths have there been?

A) Six deaths are known to have been caused so far by Strep A in children this winter.

Q) How does it spread?

A) It is spread by droplets and close contact — through your spit, sneezing, coughing and touching infected surfaces.

It is passed on in the same way as a common cold.

Q) Why has there been such an increase in cases?

A) It is believed to be because during Covid lockdowns young children were not mixing which would usually help to build up the immune system.

If you are constantly exposed to a little bit of Group A Strep and similar bacteria then your immune system would be ready and would nail it when it comes back into contact.

Q) How is it treated?

A) Scarlet fever and impetigo, which are both caused by Strep A, can be treated with antibiotics.

Mild cases which cause a sore throat or a high temperature will usually clear up on their own.