Childhood Diseases

Posted by: Shana | 2010/03/25



Hi, i need to know what to do? My son will be 3 in May and is constantly ill - always upper respiratory problems and has been hospitalised twice with Bronchopneumonia. About 8 months ago he started getting sick and the school called to say he had just had a seizure (whole body convulsing, eyes rolling back into his head, cheeks going bright blue, lasting a few minutes) and was very lathargic afterwards and went to sleep early - the doc gave him a voltaren inj to bring down the temp and said he has tonsillitis. Then on Tues this week i had him at the doc - he has Tonsillitis and is on Augmentin and Prelone - he''s was fine until yesterday afternoon - he had a nap and when he woke up he was moaning and his eyes and head were bouncing up and down and he looked scared and confused?? It lasted about a minute and was tired afterward and wanted to lie down - about 10 mins later he was fine?? He is also on asthma meds - flixotide, singulair and nasonex. I really don''t know what to do - this doc said that he could hae had a night tremor?? What do u think?

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There are two main possiblities here. Firstly your son may have had a fever related seizure which is quite common in children under 3 years of age.The other possibility is that he has a form of epilepsy. He must be seen by a paediatrician who will need to do special tests including one called an EEG to make a definite diagnosis.

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Posted by: Shana | 2010/03/30

Hi Shelby, thank you for taking the time to tell me your story! I took him back to the GP who did various nuerological tests on him - like standing and putting his feet together, standing on one foot, touching her finger with his and reflexes - and she was happy with them - she said nuerologically he looks good! She then called his Pediatrician and didn''t think it necessary to see a nuerologist or for him to have an EEG - he thinks it was an " acute state of confusion"  and if it happens again i should bring him in??? :-( I hope he''s right!!

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Posted by: Shelby | 2010/03/25

Hi Shana,

My 3 year old had a similar thing. He had a fit, his whole body shook and his cheek pulled down and dragged his bottom eye lid down. He also started screaming. He had no temperature though, but we took him to casulty anyway. He ended up having Rotavirus and was hospitalised for that. The seizures started up the next month, but really bad, every half hour. He was eventually diagnosed with Epilepsy. We had to have an emergency appointment with Dr Lippert at Unitas Hospital in Pretoria. He did an EEG and other tests. My son is now on medication and has not had a seizure since. It is hereditary though. He also has respiratory illnesses and just last week had Pneumonia. We also thought our son had a nightmare, but it was not so.

I hope you find a diagnosis soon, it is not nice to witness.

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