Karl Stefanovic disappears from the Today show after his two-year-old daughter Harper was taken to the hospital

Karl Stefanovic did not show up for work on Monday’s Today show.

Addressing his absence earlier in the broadcast, Karl’s co-host Ally Langdon explained that he had fallen ill and had to stay home.

‘Our main story is why Karl didn’t show up for work this morning, we’ve decided. Unfortunately he is home sick this morning,” Ally told viewers.

Karl Stefanovic, 47, (pictured) did not show up for work on Monday's Today show after falling ill over the weekend.

Karl Stefanovic, 47, (pictured) did not show up for work on Monday’s Today show after falling ill over the weekend.

Ally was joined at the desk by newscaster Alex Cullen, entertainment reporter Brooke Boney, and news reporter Lara Vella.

It couldn’t have come at a worse time for Karl, 47, who revealed on Friday that his two-year-old daughter Harper had been rushed to hospital with a fever.

Karl, who shares Harper with his wife Jasmine Yarbrough, explained on Friday how his daughter had “colds and a little cough” on Wednesday, prompting him and his wife Jasmine, 38, to take her to the GP.

Addressing his absence earlier in the broadcast, Karl's co-host Ally Langdon (pictured) explained that he had fallen ill and had to stay home.

Addressing his absence earlier in the broadcast, Karl’s co-host Ally Langdon (pictured) explained that he had fallen ill and had to stay home.

But his condition soon deteriorated, with his temperature reaching a dangerous 40°C and his heart rate racing to 200bpm.

She was then rushed to the hospital in an ambulance and diagnosed with respiratory syncytial virus, which is common in children during the winter months.

“Two days ago, my daughter Harper had what she’s had so many times this year, a cold and a little cough,” Karl told viewers of the Today show.

The moment couldn't have come at a worse time for Karl, who revealed on Friday that his two-year-old daughter Harper had been rushed to hospital with a fever.

The moment couldn’t have come at a worse time for Karl, who revealed on Friday that his two-year-old daughter Harper had been rushed to hospital with a fever.

‘Within a few hours we gave her Nurofen and Panadol as advised and put her to sleep.

“When he woke up, he was breathing really fast, panting, and his heart rate and temperature were through the roof.”

Karl went on to explain that things quickly went from bad to worse, and little Harper eventually ended up in the hospital.

Karl explained on Friday how his daughter (right) had 'colds and a little cough' on Wednesday, prompting him and his wife Jasmine, 38, (centre) to take her to the GP.

Karl explained on Friday how his daughter (right) had ‘colds and a little cough’ on Wednesday, prompting him and his wife Jasmine, 38, (centre) to take her to the GP.

“So we took her to our GP, who was brilliant,” she said.

‘But within a couple of minutes his condition deteriorated, his temperature was over 40 [degrees] and his heartbeat was rising to over 200bpm. We were really worried.

The breakfast TV presenter explained how the ‘incredible’ GP was able to stabilize her with a nebulizer and called an ambulance.

Karl is seen here with Jasmine and Harper, plus their teenage daughter Willow, at Vivid Sydney.

Karl is seen here with Jasmine and Harper, plus their teenage daughter Willow, at Vivid Sydney.

“From the ambulance, the ambulance officers were amazing,” he continued.

‘At North Shore Hospital, more doctors worked on her and she was admitted after several hours to the ER.

“They did an amazing job and the hospital staff was amazing.”

Karl said he was sharing his family’s ordeal to show solidarity with the “thousands of parents in similar situations” during the winter flu season.

Karl also spoke with Associate Professor Margie Danchin (pictured), a pediatrician at the Royal Children's Hospital, who explained that parents

Karl also spoke to Associate Professor Margie Danchin (pictured), a pediatrician at the Royal Children’s Hospital, who explained that parents are “really dealing with it” at the moment.

“We were lucky, and we are lucky, that it was not more serious. But this is a shared situation, which is why we are doing it,” he added.

‘The thing is, you panic when the doctors start moving fast, you panic.

‘We feel guilty. We should have taken her straight to the hospital, we took her to the GP first.

Karl also spoke to Associate Professor Margie Danchin, a pediatrician at the Royal Children’s Hospital, who explained that parents are “really dealing with it” at the moment.

Jasmine is seen carrying little Harper before a boat ride on Sydney Harbor earlier this month.

Jasmine is seen carrying little Harper before a boat ride on Sydney Harbor earlier this month.

“Unfortunately, this is a similar story,” Professor Danchin said.

“After the last two years with Covid being so scary, we have seen a huge increase in viral respiratory conditions.

‘In the last month or so we’ve seen an increase in RSV – parents are really dealing with it. We also don’t want parents to go to the emergency department.

“Our emergency departments are really overwhelmed.”

Professor Danchin said that if a child shows increased breathing, blue around the lips, or if they are listless and pale, parents should take them to the emergency department.

In an interview with Stellar magazine in October 2020, Jasmine described Karl's parenting style as

In an interview with Stellar magazine in October 2020, Jasmine described Karl’s parenting style as “very down to earth” adding that it “helps a lot.”

Karl and Jasmine welcomed Harper, their first child together, in 2020.

The Channel Nine star has three grown children with ex-wife Cassandra Thorburn: sons River, 15, and Jackson, 22, and daughter Willow, 16.

Karl met the model-turned-shoe designer at a boat party in Sydney, just a few months after his split from Cassandra in 2016.

The Stefanovics were married at the One&Only Palmilla resort in Los Cabos, Mexico, in December 2018.

RSV Warning Signs

Respiratory syncytial virus (known as RSV) causes an infection called bronchiolitis. The infection is spread between people by coughing and sneezing.

The infection begins with cold symptoms (runny nose, cough, sneezing, and fever). Warning signs include:

* Fast or labored breathing

* Wheezing sound when exhaling

* Trouble feeding (for babies, this is because they only breathe through their nose).

Symptoms are usually worse at night. The illness usually begins to improve after two or three days.

The infection may be worse and last longer in very young children (less than three months), premature babies, or children with lung or heart problems.

No medication can be taken to cure bronchiolitis.

Children’s acetaminophen (in recommended doses) can help your child feel more comfortable if they have a fever.

Babies with a serious infection may be admitted to the hospital. In the hospital, treatment may include oxygen and fluids. Fluids are usually given through a nasogastric tube (a tube inserted into the nose).

Make sure your child is getting enough fluids. Smaller feedings given more often may help.

A saltwater solution available at pharmacies (eg, Fess) dropped or sprayed into each nostril before feeding can help clear the nose.

Keep your child away from cigarette smoke.

Prevent the spread of infection by keeping your child away from other young children, especially during the first few days of illness.

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