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Actress Sarah Chalke Shares Her Son’s Three Month Battle With Colic

PUBLISHED ON 05/28/2013

When her beautiful baby boy Charlie was born on Christmas Eve in 2009, new mom (and star of the hit TV show How to Live With Your Parents for the Rest of Your Life) Sarah Chalke was head over heels for her little guy. She and her fiance, Jamie** Afifi** , were filled with every experience a new mom and dad could be — and then some.

The actress told Us Weekly that shortly after being born, Charlie had colic for the first three months. Looking back on that time, she said, "I did not sit down... literally just carried him for three month's straight." Unfortunately for the actress, Charlie's colicky problems weren't his only issues. At just 12 months old, he was diagnosed with Kawasaki Syndrome, which is a rare autoimmune disease that mostly strikes kids under the age of 5. Because of the symptoms (fever, bloodshot eyes, red, cracked lips, rashes, swollen hands, feet and lymph nodes are commonly found in other viruses, kids affected by Kawasaki Syndrome are often misdiagnosed.

Earlier this year, the creators of Grey's Anatomy featured Sarah, Jamie and Charlie's harrowing story. The show's creator, Shonda Rhimes, hoped to educate parents and adults about Kawasaki Syndrome. She ended up devoting an entire episode to the Sarah's experiences.

But now, at age 3, Charlie is happy and most importantly, healthy. Sarah said that her little guy has a big appetite — especially when it comes to kale! She said, "I make green juice for him with kale, apple, cucumber, celery and lemon. He's 3 and I've just kind of done it since he was little. I don't know how long it will last… and he will also eat kale chips. I just take kale with a bit of olive oil and a tiny, tiny bit of salt, you don't need that much, and bake it in the oven."

Did your baby have colic? What worked for you?

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