Karl Stefanovic, 47, (pictured) failed to show up for work on Monday's Today show after falling ill over the weekend

Karl Stefanovic disappears from Today show after daughter Harper, two, was rushed to hospital

Karl Stefanovic didn’t show up for work on Monday’s Today show.

Karl’s co-host Ally Langdon spoke of his absence early in the broadcast, explaining that he had fallen ill and had to stay home.

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

Karl Stefanovic, 47, (pictured) failed to show up for work on Monday’s Today show after falling ill over the weekend

Ally was joined on 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 taken to hospital with a fever.

Karl, who shares Harper with wife Jasmine Yarbrough, explained on Friday how his daughter had “the sneezing fits and a minor cough” on Wednesday, which led to him and wife Jasmine, 38, taking her to the doctor.

Karl's co-host Ally Langdon (pictured) spoke of his absence early in the broadcast, explaining that he had fallen ill and had to stay home

Karl’s co-host Ally Langdon (pictured) spoke of his absence early in the broadcast, explaining that he had fallen ill and had to stay home

But her condition soon deteriorated, her temperature reaching a dangerous 40°C and her heart rate racing to 200 beats per minute.

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

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

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

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

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

“When she woke up, she was breathing really fast, wheezing, and her heart rate and temperature were through the roof.”

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

Karl explained on Friday how his daughter (right) 'sniffed and coughed a little' on Wednesday, which led to him and his wife Jasmine, 38, (center) taking her to the GP

Karl explained on Friday how his daughter (right) ‘sniffed and coughed a little’ on Wednesday, which led to him and his wife Jasmine, 38, (center) taking her to the GP

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

‘But within a few minutes her condition deteriorated, her temperature was over 40 [degrees] and her heart rate rose above 200 beats per minute. We were really concerned.’

The breakfast TV anchor 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 his teenage daughter Willow, in Vivid Sydney

Karl is seen here with Jasmine and Harper, plus his teenage daughter Willow, in Vivid Sydney

“From the ambulance, the paramedics were incredible,” he continued.

“At North Shore Hospital, more doctors worked on her and she was admitted to the emergency room after a few hours.

“They did a fantastic job and the hospital staff were incredible.”

Karl said he shared 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 are

Karl also spoke with 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’re lucky, that it wasn’t more serious. But this is a shared situation, that’s why we’re doing it,” he added.

“The thing is, when doctors start working fast, you panic, you panic.

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

Karl also spoke with associate professor Margie Danchin, a pediatrician at the Royal Children’s Hospital, who explained that parents are “really dealing with it” right now.

Jasmine is seen earlier this month with little Harper for a boat trip on Sydney Harbour

Jasmine is seen earlier this month with little Harper for a boat trip on Sydney Harbour

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

“After Covid has been so terrifying for the past two years, we have seen a massive increase in viral respiratory illnesses.

‘Over the past month we have seen an increase in RSVs – parents are really dealing with it. We also don’t want parents to go to the emergency room.

“Our emergency rooms are really overwhelmed.”

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

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

In an October 2020 interview with Stellar magazine, Jasmine described Karl’s parenting style as “very hands-on,” adding that he “helps a lot.”

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

The Channel Nine star has three older 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 Sydney boat party just months after his divorce from Cassandra in 2016.

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

The Warning Signs of RSV

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

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

* Rapid or labored breathing

* Wheezing sound when exhaling

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

Symptoms are often worse at night. The disease usually begins to improve after two to three days.

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

No drug can be taken to cure bronchiolitis.

Children’s paracetamol (in recommended doses) can make your child feel more comfortable when they have a fever.

Babies with a severe infection may be hospitalized. In the hospital, treatment may include oxygen and fluids. Fluids are usually given through a nasogastric tube (a tube that goes into the nose).

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

Saltwater solution available from pharmacies (eg Fess) that is dripped or sprayed into each nostril before feeding can help to clear the nose.

Keep your child away from cigarette smoke.

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

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