Fits, fevers, change in behavior

Nadia - posted on 03/29/2013 ( 13 moms have responded )

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My 8 month had febrile seizures a few days ago due to fever and he was admitted for 4 days ! Now that we're home, he's not being himself lately. He's quiet, he's tired, and has no mood what so ever. But he's eating and drinking well though... Is this common?

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Rachel - posted on 04/01/2013

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sounds like the flu. It. Can take weeks to get over the fatigue of the flu.
I have an epileptic daughter. You do have to be your kids advocate, but I wouldn't be that worried yet. I'm still not myself after my flu and that was nearly a month ago.

Nikki - posted on 03/29/2013

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It is not common, and as you know your child better than anyone else, if it is alarming you, then don't dismiss it.

My first suggestion would be to check his iron levels. Often low iron levels are found in pediatric patients who experience febrile seizures. (See Kumari PL, Nair MK, Nair SM, Kailas L, Geetha S. Iron deficiency as a risk factor for simple febrile seizures - a case control study. Indian Pediatr. 2011;49:17-9 for more info..)

My next suggestion would be to research his condition relentlessly, because the better educated you are on the topic, the more you will be able to do for him. Sometimes even the best doctors can miss small, but crucial, details that prevent an accurate diagnosis. The better you can describe relevant symptoms, the more accurate the diagnosis will be. For more info on febrile seizures, check out this website:
http://www.medicalhomeportal.org/diagnos...

This paper has a substantial amount of information as well that could be of use to you as well:
http://hsc.unm.edu/emermed/PED/physician...

Remember, above all else, you have to be your child's number one advocate!! Good luck!

Janessa - posted on 04/01/2013

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I would say yes, the hospital stay combined with a fever, and a febrile seizure can be exhausting. Give him some time to recover completely. My two youngest have both had febrile seizures, I know right after a febrile seizure they are very tired, and often are either grumpy, or fall right to sleep. I have never taken them into the hospital. When my 3 1/2 year old had his first around a year I did call 911, he had come out of it by then, and they told me with some babies it is the bodies way of resetting itself with a fever, and they don't actually do any harm, unless of course it goes on for a very long time it could I guess. Some doctors will choose to put them on seizure medication if they have more than one, my doctor has told me the pros and cons of both and I have opted against it. What I choose to do instead is keep my kids on motrin and tylenol when they have a fever until they are better. I have been able to avoid them that way. My 3 1/2 year old has grown out of them already and no longer gets them, my now almost 2 yr old girl does get them still, I only know because we were not as careful as we should have been last time. The time before that when she got sick, we kept her heavily medicated with motrin and avoided them completely. I know as a mother it is awful to watch, but because I have now been through it with two of my children I also know that it is not nearly as awful as it looks. They do grow out of them, and they don't do any long term damage. Both of my children have been developing just fine. I keep my doctor updated, and will take them in if I think it is something that antibiotics can cure, but if I think it is a virus, we just wait it out, like we would with my other kids, but of course I keep her on motrin. Anyways, I talked way more than I should have, I just wanted to let you know there is a light at the end of the tunnel. : ) My prayers are with you.

Deanna - posted on 03/31/2013

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Yes. It takes time to get back to normal after being sick. Especially if the fever caused febrile seizures.
Also, if a child gets it once, they are more susceptible to them in the future, including developing epilepsy later. Not all children do, my sister got them as a baby, but after 2 never had another seizure again.

Melissa - posted on 03/30/2013

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He could be experiencing what we call the "post-ictal" phase after a seizure, in which case those symptoms are completely normal. I assume you are still doing follow up with his pediatrician though so I would check w/him or her to be sure.

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Nadia - posted on 04/08/2013

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oh thank you for your reply.. i feel a whole lot better after reading this.. After that incident, I've prepared myself if it is ever to happen again.. I'll make sure the next time he has a fever, i'll quickly cool him down and will give him motrin and tylenol.. But I hope it doesnt happen , cause i swore the 1st time it happened, i thought i lost him :(.. But knowing you went through them with your lil angels and they've outgrown them, i do see the light at the end of the tunnel now,,, hehe thanks again ;) x

Nadia - posted on 04/01/2013

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It's true, flu can cause fatigues.. he's back to normal now but I'm still traumatized when he went through the seizure

Nadia - posted on 04/01/2013

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reading this made me alot better.. Yea he didnt recognize me for few days, just his dad. But this morning, he's back to normal.. yay ! Now i', even more alert, i check his body temperature all the time, cause he had the fits when he was super hot.. But now things seems normal again so thank goodness.. I guess its true, after the seizure , his body was probably achy cause he sure didn't like to be picked up for few days..

Fawn - posted on 04/01/2013

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When my son was 18 months old he had a febrile seizure. I was really scared when he came to, at the hospital, because he didn't recognize his dad, sister or me. I thoughthe had brain damage. Especially after 4 hrs, he had started recognizing them but not me. Finally, 1 patient n friendly nurse tlkd to me. She explained that after a seizure, the brain has to 'reboot' , so to speak. Some kids take longer. I also know a few ppl that have seizures due to other things, they have told me that after they've had a seizure, their body hurts & they don't feel like themselves for days, sometimes weeks after. It depends on the person. I believe its normal for the body to be 'out of wack' after a seizure. I know, not much help as far as what to do. Be patient, keep notes of everything 'abnormal' & keep following up wth the Dr. Hang in there.

Nadia - posted on 03/31/2013

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thank goodness epilepsy dont run in our family, but febrile seizure does though.. Only found out my brother had them , then after 3 it stopped.. It's something scary to witness, I thought I was gonna lose my child

Nadia - posted on 03/30/2013

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we did went back to the ped and did a follow up.. His fever is gone, his appetite is back to normal, checked his blood and everything seems to be normal.. But he's still not himself. He's not playful as usual.. Probably he's confused after the fits

User - posted on 03/30/2013

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I would take him back to his ped and ask for a blood panel to be done. Kids go down very quickly.
If a baby has a fever that you can't get down quickly always call your ped and if you can't get in touch with him/her then go to the ER as a child's condition can change rapidly.
My advise as a nurse and mother.

Nadia - posted on 03/29/2013

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Thank you for the info.. we did get it all checked before we left the pediatrician's office. He's cheering up a bit right now, but somehow he just wants his dad.. Oh god, i feel bad :(

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