Chrissy Teigen's social media followers helped diagnose daughter's birth defect

Chrissy Teigen with husband John Legend
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Chrissy Teigen has been targeted by critics of her parenting because of her social media posts - but on one occasion, it was actually helpful.

The Lip Sync Battle star explained to People: "There was one time I actually was surprised. I posted an early Instagram photo of Luna and I got a couple of comments saying she has a tongue-tie, you need to take her to a doctor immediately and I was like, 'Screw you! What does that even mean?'

"And then I did and she did have a tongue-tie! We got it fixed. That was the one time it actually worked out."

The 34-year-old is an avid user of social media and her kids Luna, three, and Miles, 21 months, regularly appear on her account. She admitted her oldest child only agrees to pose in return for sweets or cash.

Chrissy admitted: "She definitely hates photos, paparazzi, anything. She does everything you see on my Instagram for a quarter or a Sour Patch Kid."

Although Chrissy experienced "tough times" with her oldest child, she's grateful for them because they have ultimately made her a better parent.

She said: "Now Luna and I could not be more close. I wouldn't be the mom I am now with Miles if Luna hadn't given me those tougher times at the beginning. And now I know how close we are so it helps a lot."

But she admitted it's tough when her kids are more "drawn" to their father, husband John Legend, than her.

She said: "I feel a lot when the kids are very drawn to John. You see it and you love it because you know that you picked the right person. But then you're also like, why aren't they loving on me that much? As a mother, you're supposed to have that bond with your child and when it doesn't happen you start to get sad."