Childhood Diseases

Posted by: Sean Albert Cochius | 2009/05/25


18 month old son has a seizure

Hi Doctor

I have an 18 month old baby boy. Although not without his fair share of baby illnesses, his health of late has been fairly good with the exception of the usual runny nose and slightly phlemy chest. Yesterday whilst my wife was out on errands I decided that Regan and I would go for a ride to the pharmacy to fetch my medication for the month. I noticed that he had been niggly the whole morning and was generally irritable and kept wanting to sleep. Anyway I didn' t really think anything of it and so loaded little one into the car and drove off to the Pharmacy. On arrival back home from the Pharmacy Regan' s eye' s were squinting, his jaw was tightly clenched shut, he had tremor in his hands, and he had a slight little twitch throughout his body. Anyway, after turning my car into an F1 racing car and collecting at least 3 speeding fines along the way I finally got my son to Krugersdorp Private casualty ward. At the ward the they performed a few tests and it was found that his blood sugar had just suddenly dropped to 1.6. They then stabilised him and have advised that they will be keeping in the hospital for the next two to three days. What I find interesting is that Regan is one of three babies over the past six months that have been submitted with the same symptoms to KPH hospital. A friend of mine' s mother was also submitted to hospital about two weeks ago with exactly the same symptoms. My questions is  Is this common knowledge to you? Have you heard of any similar cases? I sometimes give Regan one or two sips of beer but he had been given no alcohol of any kind at least one week prior to the incident. I have read on this Website that alcohol for children can be deadly and can lead to sudden drops in blood sugar counts. Is there a possibility that the odd sip or two could have led to the seizure that he had yesterday?

Expert's Reply



Your son had an extremely low blood sugar which appears to be the reason for the seizure. It does not seem that the beer was the cause this time but as a rule you should definitely not give a child any alcohol.It appears that your child has a condition which is called ketotic hypoglycaemia. This usually affects children of this age. In most cases a cause is not found.

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