Couple of weeks ago, my cousin had a scary experience with her little girl 3. Thought this information she shared may be useful to parents. She's consented to having me post this on the forum.
"Being mothers of little kids I thought i would share this experience with you. Last Monday E, my youngest started having diarrhea. It became progressively worse but she hardly developed a fever. Having suffered from dysentery in India and Nepal, I suspected it was more than just food poisoning or a virus. Anyway on Thursday night, out of the blue she had a seizure. She literally lost conciousness in my arms for almost 2 minutes.It happened again two hours later.Of course we rushed her to the emergency room at a nearby hospital.She had another episode in the hospital. She finally received antibiotics because the docters suspect a baterial infection, possibly shingella.Anyway she's fine and up and about. She was discharged on Sunday.
She's had an EEG and will have to have an MRI later.
I've learnt a lot since our little visit to the hospital. Here is what I know now and you guys should know too.
1. There are two kinds of seizures, one with a lot of shaking and one without.
2.When you suspect your child is having a convulsion or seizure, place her on her side.Make sure she is breathing, clear her air passages.
3. Time the convulsion.
4.Watch for stiffness of the body, take note of the position of her eyes.Take note if her body returns to complete relaxed state. Take note if her eyes role upwards and backwards.
5.Seizure activity usually happens around bedtime or upon waking up.
Kids can have febrile convulsions during the onset of a fever.E did not have a febrile convulsion, she had a seizure.So just be alert.
I am sure others wil add to the list of points i just made. I am not an expert but as a mother my instincts told me what to do, yet I couldn't answer the questions the doctors were asking me in the hospital.
I just never want what i went through to happen to anyone else.My kids are generally very healthy so this was a total shock. i believe that on a subconcious level E has been deeply affected. She seems to have grown up overnight. She's less energetic and more contemplative. Well I thanks the powers that be that she is safe and sound."
A friend of mine sent an email that could add to our general knowledge. I've quoted her.
"H. has a condition where she passes out. The first time it happened she was out for nearly two minutes and we thought she was dead. Called an ambulance, rushed to emergency, etc. She has been diagnosed with infant breath holding syndrome. There are two types: one where kids go into a fit, the other where they go white and pass out, it's like they are dead. Then they come to and everything is fine, although it's a horrendous experience. It can happen anytime she gets a fright or really upset, but doesn't always happen. It can last till she's four."
If anyone has any info.,points etc etc you would like to add...it would be most appreciated.