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ROMEO SCARE; EXCLUSIVE Tot rushed to hospital after having a fit.

Byline: STEPHEN MOYES, Becks Correspondent in Madrid

LITTLE Romeo Beckham was rushed to hospital by his mum after suffering frightening convulsions, the Irish Mirror can reveal.

The one-year-old was kept in overnight for observation.

Victoria, 29, drove him to the Princess Alexandra Hospital in Harlow, Essex, and stayed at his bedside.

She updated husband David on their son's progress as he prepared for a crucial league match in Spain with his team Real Madrid.

Romeo - who was taken to hospital in Madrid last month after a fall - had the fit on Saturday night while suffering from a high temperature.

He had gone to bed early with mum Victoria and brother Brooklyn, four, when he began having violent muscle spasms and his face turned blue.

Victoria managed to stay calm and drove both of her sons to hospital from their Beckingham Palace mansion in Sawbridgeworth, Herts.

The former Spice Girl did not let go of her son's hand as he was examined by doctors.

They assured her Romeo was fine but decided to keep him in overnight for further checks.

Hours earlier, she had flown back to London with the boys after visiting David, 28, in the Spanish capital.

He stayed behind to prepare for Real's match away to Celta Vigo.

A family friend said yesterday: "Victoria acted coolly and responsibly.

"She did the right thing. It was unnerving seeing Romeo convulsing and it would have been easy to panic.

"She drove to the hospital and Romeo was looked at within minutes.

"The baby had a high temperature but the doctors were satisfied there was no problem.

"Even so it was suggested he stay in for observation. Victoria didn't hesitate and stayed next to Romeo all night.

"She was just very grateful to the hospital staff for their professionalism."

Romeo has been in the wars in the last couple of weeks.

He needed two stitches to his forehead after falling on an escalator during a shopping trip in Madrid.

He had been holding hands with David's mother Sandra, 49, when he lost his grip.

Minders were in a panic as blood poured from his head. After being cared for by store staff he was taken to a nearby hospital.

Tearful Sandra immediately rang his parents, who hurried to the hospital.

Around three per cent of children aged six months to six years have convulsions when they have a fever.

The fit happens when the normal brain activity of the child is disturbed - usually without warning. Normal symptoms are if the child becomes stiff or floppy, unconscious or unaware of their surroundings, displays jerking or has difficulty breathing.

The chance of a child like Romeo having another convulsion within the next 12 months is 30 per cent. Young victims are at no greater risk of developing epilepsy in the future than children who have not had a convulsion.

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