A 25-year-old mother has been accused of neglect after she decided to leave her 5-week-old baby with her grandmother for one night.
Zoe Wallace from Wigan received hurtful comments online after she documented her life as a busy mother with two children.
She told her TikTok followers about the time her daughter, Parker, had RSV or respiratory syncytial virus, an illness that causes breathing difficulties that can result in more severe bronchiolitis and pneumonia in newborns.
Wallace described how her daughter had to be transferred from A&E to a high dependency unit where she was put on a machine to help her breathe.
Parker, who is now four months old, was diagnosed with a severe chest infection but she started to recover with antibiotics.
In her TikTok video, the mom-of-two said that her daughter spent the night with her grandmother before she fell ill.
But many internet users slammed the mother for letting the five-month-old have her first sleepover with her grandmother the night before she was hospitalized.
One person commented: “This is neglect. How could you do that to your newborn?”
Another wrote: “Jesus, five weeks and you are done with it already? Poor child isn’t gonna grow up the best.”
Speaking to Manchester Evening News, Wallace said: “I posted the video originally to share my daughter’s story with RSV. It made her very poorly and I was unaware how serious it could be in newborns. I hadn’t even heard about it until she was poorly and I wanted to make other mums aware of the signs.
“I had mentioned that she stayed with my mum the night before falling ill to show how quickly she declined but it wasn’t taken that way.
“People in the comments have branded me a bad mum because of my decision to allow my mum to have my child overnight.”
Wallace continued: “To me, personally, it’s pretty normal for new mums to get support in anyway from family members but I didn’t know it would be so controversial online.
“I do regret mentioning her staying at my mum’s because of the hate I have received, but I don’t regret sharing my daughter’s story, because it could help save another child’s life.”
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