As parents, we treat our children as the pride of the family, we even share their photos on social media to flex how proud we are of them.
However, in the new era of social media, sometimes we don’t expect complete strangers to write out-of-the-blue comments that would have a huge impact on our child’s life, and believe me it happens.
Ashley Hebert Rosenbaum is the best example of what we are telling about.
Ashley rose to fame after appearing on The Bachelorette in 2011. She met and married her husband, JP Rosenbaum, on the show.
Ashley and J.P. are used to having their relationship in the public eye since it’s always been that way for them. Ashley has more than 300,000 followers on Instagram, so every time she posts a picture of her kids, she knows she might get mom-shamed.
Ashley is pretty good about ignoring the negative comments, but when her daughter, Essex, was born, she never expected a complete stranger to have such a big impact on her daughter’s life.
Shortly after Essex was born in 2016, Ashley posted lots of pictures of her daughter, as new parents often do. There was one comment on one of the photos that stood out to Ashley. At first, she ignored it, but she couldn’t completely forget about it and eventually looked into it.
The comment concerned Ashley’s youngest child, daughter Essex. The person who was monitoring the former Bachelorette noticed that Essex had something wrong with her and quickly told the mother of two all about it. This commenter helped Ashely confirm the diagnosis that Essex was stricken with torticollis.
“Somebody wrote me a message saying, ‘Hey, get her checked out’ because she was always twisted. She had torticollis,”Ashley revealed during an interview with People.
After getting Essex checked out, she was shocked to realize that the stranger who commented on her post was right. Her daughter did in fact have torticollis.
According to Johns Hopkins Medicine, “Torticollis, also known as wryneck, is a twisting of the neck that causes the head to rotate and tilt at an odd angle.” While the exact cause of torticollis is unknown, one potential cause in babies is thought to be “a neck muscle injury at birth.”
The cause of torticollis is unknown, but most people with the condition are born with it, like Essex. It may be caused by a baby’s position in the uterus.
Luckily, the treatment for torticollis can be relatively simple as long as it’s caught early — and thanks to this observant commenter, Essex got treated quickly.
With Essex and Fordham at home, Ashley and JP’s family is complete. They’re not looking to have any more kids, Ashley said.