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Saturday 23rd March 2019

Christine McGuinness reveals fear her baby daughter also has autism

Paddy's wife recently opened up about their young twins having the condition

Paddy McGuinness's wife Christine has been doing her bit lately to raise awareness about autism.

And it's not just to boost her public profile, like some celebs might do.

The cause really means something to her as she and her hubby Paddy recently opened up about their eldest kids Penelope and Leo being diagnosed with the condition.

Today she told Eamonn and Ruth on This Morning that she fears their 10-month-old daughter Felicity may also have autism.

Christine says she is looking for songs that her daughter Felicity may have autism like her siblings (Credit: ITV)

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She says he is being extra vigilant now to see if she can see little signs in Felicity that could suggest that she might be like her siblings.

Christine has said that one of the things that led to her twins being diagnosed was that they both walked on their tip toes, which she has noticed Felicity does too.

It upsets me so much seeing my kids getting so stressed out and frustrated. Every parent just wants their child to be happy and to protect them.

“I am looking out for little things," she said. "I know early intervention is key.

"If she does have autism, that is absolutely fine but we will get her help a lot sooner then we did with the twins.

"I'm keeping an open mind with Felicity.

“If she does have autism, we’ll get her the help she needs."

She says she felt a sense of loss when her twins are diagnosed with autism (Credit: ITV)

“She does things like standing on her tippy toes, and she likes dry food. But she is brand new, I don’t want to put too much on it.”

Christine also went to explain that when she and her husband were told about the twins' autism diagnosis, she felt anger.

"I think initially there's a huge sense of loss but you just need to stay strong strong and remember these children were perfect to me before the diagnosis and they are still perfect now," she said. "They're doing absolutely amazing."

Though times have been tough, she says that messages from people who have heard their story have proved to be a great support.

"It's helped me more than anybody else as I did feel alone," she said. "I didn’t know an awful lot about it and tried to research it.

"The one thing I do know is there's no cure for autism but we can raise awareness."

Paddy says he finds it hard twitch his kids struggle with autism (Credit: FameFlynet)

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Paddy said recently: “Some days, it feels like you’re slowly drowning.

"It’s like you’re under water desperately swimming up to get oxygen, but never getting there.

“When I hear the word ‘autism’ I just feel so unhappy.

"I don’t like seeing how it affects my children.

"It upsets me so much seeing them getting so stressed out and frustrated.

"Every parent just wants their child to be happy and to protect them.

“I should be the happiest I have ever been with my career, family and friends, but I can honestly say I am never happy in myself now.

“I constantly worry about them. I would give up everything to take this condition away from them.”