A single mum was terrified after her 12-week-old baby began "gasping for breath" before testing positive for coronavirus.

Little Winter-Rose Watson is thought to be one of the UK's youngest Covid-19 patients to date – so young that a doctor initially refused to even test her for the virus.

Jade Weston, 27, from Burnley, Lancashire said it was the "worst experience of my entire life".

"To see my baby struggling like that was so painful, I couldn't believe what was happening," she told SWNS.

"I'm so grateful she was able to pull through."

She first noticed Winter-Rose had a high temperature on Thursday and called 111 but was told to stay home.

"But at about 5am on Friday I'd set my alarm to check on her and she'd got really warm, even more than she was before," she said.

"I didn't even need to touch her, there was heat just coming off her. She was gasping for breath."

The three-month-old developed a high temperature on Thursday

After a three-hour wait for an ambulance, the baby was taken to Royal Blackburn Hospital.

Ms Weston claims when they arrived, a senior doctor told her babies couldn't get coronavirus and they would not be testing Winter-Rose for Covid-19.

"That really upset me, and they could see that," she said.

"A consultant said he still wanted to give her a test though and they put a cannula in her hand and tried to put a catheter in her too, it was heartbreaking."

During the 24 hours it took for the results of the test to come back, doctors put Winter-Rose on antibiotics to try to bring her fever down and tested her for meningitis.

"On Saturday morning the doctor came and told me she had tested positive for coronavirus," Ms Weston said.

"It was the worst thing in the world to hear.

"She was on a drip to try to get her fluids back up but there was nothing else they could do to help her fight it."

Winter-Rose in hospital, where she was given antibiotics and tested for Covid-19

Fortunately the baby's condition improved drastically over the weekend and she was allowed to go home with her mum on Monday.

Ms Weston has been instructed to isolate with Winter-Rose for the next 14 days.

She doesn't know if she's already had coronavirus, saying she did have a persistent headache at one point. Her six-year-old son also has to isolate with his dad in case he had also been exposed.

"It's been such a difficult time as I've not been able to have anyone come and visit. Even when I was in the hospital I was on my own, it was hard," she added.

"You need support at times like this, but with this whole situation, it must be so difficult for people who are in hospital alone, not having anyone to come and visit them.

"That was the hardest thing – having no-one to support me at the hospital."

However she has received "lots of nice messages" from well-wishers and family members leave her food outside her house.

"There's been talk of this virus not affecting babies the same way as others, but it does, and it has affected Winter so much. I had never seen her looking so helpless," Ms Weston continued.

"I'd only been out of the house really to go to Lidl and Home Bargains but people need to listen to the advice, and stay indoors."

Jade Weston, 27, says she was terrified to see her daughter get sick so quickly

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CORONAVIRUS OUTBREAK

Dr Chris Gardner, Deputy Medical Director and Consultant Paediatrician at East Lancashire Hospitals NHS Trust, told SWNS: "We do not comment on individual cases but we are pleased to report that no babies or children cared for at the trust have needed oxygen or any respiratory support as a result of Covid-19 in keeping with the fact that this virus generally causes only a mild illness in children.

"We are however ready and able to provide all additional support including stabilisation, ventilation and transfer to intensive care and have good links with specialist children's centres around the country for any future children who may require this.

"We would also like to reiterate the plea for people to stay at home to protect themselves and others.

"If you do need to go out please observe social distancing guidelines, and make sure you wash your hands thoroughly and frequently.

"Children do however still get sick with other serious and treatable conditions apart from Covid-19 which often presents as only a mild illness in this age group.

"If your child is unwell and you are concerned, we want to see them.

"Do not delay in connecting with NHS111, your GP or in serious cases the emergency department. This is particularly important for young children and babies such as Winter-Rose."