Childhood Diseases

Posted by: Mpilo | 2009-07-08


Epileptic Fits

Hi Doctor

My LO is 18 months old and he just started creche. 2 weeks back i was called by the creche owner in a state, my child had a fit early in the morning, no fever or high temperature. i rushed him to the hospital where he had another 5 sec seizure while they were putting him on a drip, they immeditely gave him epilepsy treatment and he was admitted for one night.

His blood tests show he had a viral infection at the time of the fits, that' s all the paed could tell me and the child is fine now. i am still worried and i feel the doc did not do enough investigation regarding this matter. Must i insist the child goes for an EEG or not?


Expert's Reply



If your child had a fit and did not have a fever at the time he must have an EEG. He may need other investigations as well but an EEG is essential.Please take him back to the paediatrician or get a second opinion if you prefer.

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Posted by: Shelby | 2009-07-09

Hi there,

My child has just this week had the same experience. We thought he had a nightmare as he woke up screaming and stiff, he did not have a fever. We sent him to creche, he started in June and is 2 years 4 months. They phoned us in a panic, he just fell over and his eyes were rolling back. We could not get into any doctors rooms so went to the clinic and the sister gave him diarrhoea and vomiting medicine. He had another fit the next day, but again did not have a temperature. So we rushed to casulty and he was put on a drip and admitted. The stool tests showed Rotavirus, even though he has been vacinated against this. He went for a brain scan because the fits seemed unusual. The brain scan was clear and he recovered from the Rotavirus so was sent home after one night, but with a nose spray and a anti-histamine?!? I think it is a real guessing game for the doctors, but I also think that you should get a second opinion.

Good luck!

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