toddler had 2 seizures after stomach virus

Jessie - posted on 04/19/2015 ( 3 moms have responded )

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My 19 month old daughter recently had a stomach virus where she vomited 12 times between 930pm-5am. *NEVER HAD A FEVER* Seemed fine the next day, went to bed, vomited once that night. The next day she was not herself at all. She seemed very lethargic, didn't want to eat or drink, and wouldn't talk or look at me which is very abnormal for her. Around 1230 that day she was watching a video on my phone and fell over seizing. Her eyes rolled in the back of her head, lips blue, arms stiff with body twitching. Lasted about 1 minute and was very sleepy and out of it for awhile afterwards. The squad took her to the ER where labs showed she was dehydrated. They gave her 500cc of normal saline and sent her home. About an hour later which was 7pm that night, she seized again. We took her back to the ER where we then went to Childrens hospital. They admitted her for dehydration but labs looked better from the prior ones. It showed that her ketones were off causing her to be acidotic. EEG came back with slight abnormality but nothing that they thought was triggering the seizures. As a mom I am a nervous wreck and hate feeling helpless and not knowing if and when it will happen again. Has this ever happened to anyone else?? If so was it a one time occurance or something that continued to happen? Thanks in advance!!

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Sarah - posted on 04/19/2015

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Hey, I was NOT criticizing you. I am sorry, I should have said that. I just saw a chance to let other moms know that those are red flags.
We ALL look back at decisions and think "oh I should have done this or that" It is not your fault that your child had a seizure, and you have done everything you can to keep her healthy!
This sort of event happen a lot, that's why they did not freak out. However, the first hospital ER should have made sure she had stable electrolytes before they discharged your child. I see why you are nervous it will happen again, becasue it did! One thing to remember is to be sure your daughter's doctor knows that she did have a seizure that was trigger by dehydration. She may never have another one and the older she gets, the less likely it will happen again. Hang in there, and again, I am sorry if I made you feel badly.

Jessie - posted on 04/19/2015

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I thought she was still recovering from the virus and now feel terrible that it was more than that. She will be following up with the pediatrician tomorrow and neurology in 4-6 weeks. Neurology thought we could just come back for outpatient EEG and go home and I said I didn't feel comfortable taking her home at all, so luckily they admitted. I had to request for labs to be redrawn before they stopped the IV fluids. I don't know if they aren't concerned and see things like this frequently, or if I'm just overly paranoid. Thanks for your reply!

Sarah - posted on 04/19/2015

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First, for general information to any mother reading this: If your child is lethargic and refuses to eat, drink or interact with you, always seek treatment.
Your child was showing significant signs of dehydration. I am stunned that she was not kept overnight at least after the first seizure and to make fully sure they she was properly rehydrated before discharge. Anytime a child becomes severely dehydrated, seizures are a potential risk. At this point, if she has had normal labs and is able to keep food and fluids down, you can be fairly confident that the worst is over. Kids get dehydrated very quickly, much more quickly than adults. This must have been so scary for you! Sounds like you've done all of the right things. If this were my child, I'd request a final consultation with a pediatric neurologist to confirm that her change in blood chemistry is the cause for the seizures.

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