What is the SCARIEST thing that has ever happened to your child/ren??

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probably when he was getting his first tooth he hit a 40 degree temp and everything i did wasn't bringing it down so i took him to his doctor who told me to take him straight to the hospital poor baby had to have blood taken from his foot and a drip put in.

Ashley - posted on 05/09/2009

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when my son was 2 wks old we brought him into emergency because he was very irritable, wouldnt sleep (only on our chest) and felt super warm. they took his temp and it was 39.9 (on the verge of having seizures) they took us in right away and put an IV in him. they did an LP and came to find out he had bacterial meningitis. they had to take him to do an x-ray, one of the most horrible things you will ever witness with a little baby. they have to put them on what looks like a bicycle seat and two huge plastic doors surround them so they are all squished inside (to this day it bothers me i never cried so hard). he had to have antibioitics immediately. they couldnt figure out where he had the infection as he never grew a bacteria so he had to have an ultrasound on his head, they found a few things (one which they thought was a pocket of blood), the infection and brain damage. he ended up having to stay 2 months in the hospital. he had 3 MRI's done on his brain, 3 LP's, 11 IV's (he kept pulling them out) one night it took them 11 times to get it back in he was soooo out of it from crying he couldnt even drink his bottle. he ended up having to have a pick line put in (an IV that is done surgically) which is classed as major surgery for a baby, he had so much blood taken from his arms they were bruised and he was on 3 antibiotics the whole time. we were told if we had even waited 1 more day to bring him in we probably would have lost him. he will be 1 on mon and it's amazing to see how he as recovered. we just finished all of our follow up appointments and he has done sooo well. he hasnt been affected by it at all (the brain damage we wont know until he's about 4). even though their so little it's amazing to see how their little bodies can fight. we are so happy he made it but so far i would say that was def the most scary thing i have ever experienced!!

Jeanne - posted on 05/09/2009

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My daughter was about 18 months old and she was having a really fitful sleep...I could hear her toss and turn and moan a little bit, but since she always mumbled in her sleep I discounted it. When I checked on her before I went to bed I noticed she wasn't breathing right....she was gasping for breath. I rushed her to the emergency room and they rushed her into the room and put an oxygen mask on her and her breathing was getting worse and worse. They were poking and proding her on all sides when one nurse found a spider bite at the back of her head just above her hairline.....they immediately gave her a shot of Benadryl and within half an hour she was breathing normally and asking for her cup. This is how we found out my daughter was allergic to bug bites. To this day when she gets bit by a mosquito she gets a huge bump like most people would get from a wasp sting.

Erinn - posted on 05/09/2009

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I agree!! They obviously already knew you were scared to death.... to not tell you ahead of time that they were putting her to sleep would piss me off... i'd wanna kill them if that ever happened to either of my children!!!!

Morag - posted on 05/09/2009

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It has to be when my eldest got meningitis B. Its so quick. She went from happy and healthy in the morning to vomiting, screaming in pain and all limp the next. I rushed her to A&E... Docs thought I was being panicky at first, but with in 30minutes she went from have a few non disappearing spots to being covered from head to toe and had convultions. I was actually ok with it until that point, it was the sense of panic and urgency emitted by the doctors as the struggled to do the LP, get the meds in her but her veins kept collapsing, then they had to sedate her... 2 days she hung in there and slowly got better, then took a sudden turn fir the worse... somehow she'd contracted rotavirus too eventhough she was in isolation and in her weakened state her heart started to suffer and her organs began to give up... the night the consultant came and asked me if I had any relatives who I might want to come in, and that they should do so in the next 2 hours, will haunt me forever... but she hung in there... fought it with all her heart and slowly got better. She was still left with health problems for sometime after but she could have been much worse... either way, I didn't care she was alive :)

Morag - posted on 05/09/2009

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It has to be when my eldest got meningitis B. Its so quick. She went from happy and healthy in the morning to vomiting, screaming in pain and all limp the next. I rushed her to A&E... Docs thought I was being panicky at first, but with in 30minutes she went from have a few non disappearing spots to being covered from head to toe and had convultions. I was actually ok with it until that point, it was the sense of panic and urgency emitted by the doctors as the struggled to do the LP, get the meds in her but her veins kept collapsing, then they had to sedate her... 2 days she hung in there and slowly got better, then took a sudden turn fir the worse... somehow she'd contracted rotavirus too eventhough she was in isolation and in her weakened state her heart started to suffer and her organs began to give up... the night the consultant came and asked me if I had any relatives who I might want to come in, and that they should do so in the next 2 hours, will haunt me forever... but she hung in there... fought it with all her heart and slowly got better. She was still left with health problems for sometime after but she could have been much worse... either way, I didn't care she was alive :)

Bev - posted on 05/09/2009

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Quoting Jeannie:

when my peds doc told me my 1 yr old had cancer. then the next thing was they had to sadate her(put her to sleep) for a bone marrow biopsy and i was holding her she was screaming bloody murder and the nurse didnt tell me when they put the sleepy medicine in her tube so she just went limp within a heartbeat i thought she had died right then and there!! i was pissed!



Oh.....I really hope all is ok!  How could they not tell you that!  You most have been so upset, the whole thing would have been scary and then to have that as well! 

Bev - posted on 05/09/2009

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My scariest moments...with my second, he had a seizure when he got roseola (sp) and his fever skyrocketed. I was at emerg with him at the time and we had to be rushed to another city as our peds dept was full and his rash hadn't started yet. They didn't know what was wrong with him at that point so they had us in lock down in a room. They thought he was highly contagious.

With my last baby who is now 10 months, while we were still in hospital, I woke up in the night to feed her, when I was changing her I discovered a diaper full of blood. They went into hyper mode and had all the docs on call plus my family doc come in and do tests. Longest night of my life, being in there alone and not know what was happening. They figure she swallowed blood in utero as I bled through my second and third trimester. Also had to have her admitted at 3 weeks hooked up to a feeding tube as she wasn't gaining weight and wouldn't eat. Even now she is still so small, still wearing 3-6 month clothes for the most part.

Kids can be such a blessing but cause great anxiety and turmoil. It takes a strong woman to be a mom, the worry never stops for our children.

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when my peds doc told me my 1 yr old had cancer. then the next thing was they had to sadate her(put her to sleep) for a bone marrow biopsy and i was holding her she was screaming bloody murder and the nurse didnt tell me when they put the sleepy medicine in her tube so she just went limp within a heartbeat i thought she had died right then and there!! i was pissed!

Nichola - posted on 05/09/2009

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so far the only thing that has really scared me was my dog growl/barking at my son when he went near him I freaked out that he has got bitten which he hadnt....but i would say all of the other stories on here would scare me more...im glad i havent run in to any of that yet! (knock on wood)

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My 18 month old son has choked 3 times since he was born. First time, my husband and I were shopping at Wal Mart and wanted to get something to snack on from McDonald's (which we RARELY do as neither of us likes fast food much). We each got a burger and fries. My son wasn't on solids yet so we didn't order him anything. I had him on my lap and like lightning fast he reached out and grabbed one of my fries and shoved the whole thing in his mouth. Thank God I caught it with my finger before it went all the way down because he immediately started choking. Scared us both half to death! Then at my friend's daughter's 1st birthday party (our son was 13 months old) I asked my friend's mom to keep an eye on my son so I could go to the bathroom. Well she got caught up in a conversation with someone and I got back from the bathroom just in time to see my son shove a piece of watermelon into his mouth (a BIG piece). He swallowed the whole thing and started choking. Turned beet red. I had to flip him over and pound on his back to get it out. He ended up spitting it all out and puking all over me but I didn't care. Then, the last time, my husband was eating a banana and our son wanted a bite. He tried to control how much Jacob put in his mouth but just as I was saying "Don't let him bite off too much" Jacob took a HUGE bite and, you guessed it, he choked. Had to do the whole back pounding thing upside down on that one too. It's taken us some time, but I've taught my son to take smaller bites and to chew (we're still working on that one) his food. Nothing has ever been so scary as seeing my baby fighting to breathe...seeing the panic in his eyes. I still worry, still cut his food small (even the fruit cups that come pre cut).

Shandy - posted on 05/09/2009

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My baby girl Kaylee was 4 days old when this happened to us. Ok I was pumping and my hubby was feeding her a bottle of breast milk, she seemed to want more so I nursed her. So she had a 2oz bottle and nursed for about 5 min. My sister was holding her at this point when Kaylee decided to projectile vomit all over my sister, she asporated on the spitup and stopped breathing! I didn't realize untill I went to change her clothes. Needless to say we all went into panic mode. Calling 911 and getting the bulb surenge and suching TONS of mucus stuff out. She started crying finally!!!! before I even got off the phone with the dispatch person. I seemed like forever but reall it was only a few min. I never ever want to got through that with my kid or anyone again.

Gemma - posted on 05/09/2009

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My son was born 11 days late on Valentines Day 2008 {a thursday} @ 7.31pm, we were home at 1.30pm the next lunch time. We went to bed on the friday night, at midnight I woke up to feed my son {I was breastfeeding}, my husband had hold of him and he suddenly went floppy, I took his temperature and he was cold so I tried to warm him up while my husband called the hospital. We were told not to worry but we took him to the hospital anyway. As it turned out he hadn't been getting enough milk from me and his body was starting to shut down, the midwifes warmed him up and gave him a bottle of formula, we stayed in hospital for 2 nights to make sure he was feeding properly, I ended up having to give him a formula top-up as well as breastfeeding. It was very scary but now he is a happy healthy 1 year old:-)

Junglekitty - posted on 05/09/2009

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It wasnt really scary but at the time to me it was horrifying. The day after we got home fromt eh hospital I had to take my son to the doctors to have his jaundice checked. My pediatrician wasnt available so I had to see the other office doctor. She told me they had to do a blood panel and cvc on him. watching 1 big guy nurse and 2 other nurses plus my mother try to hold him down while they looked for veins to fill 2 adult sized viles put me over the edge . I was so upset I started crying and hyperventilating, had to sit with my grandma in the waiting room and when she saw me she thought something was deathly wrong with the baby. I know my post pardum hormones were partially to blame but now I cant even stand to see him get shots I have to leave the room. Im terrified of needles but I cant bare to see my son get poked.

Dawn - posted on 05/09/2009

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My 1yr old got pnuemonia at 9days old and had to be helicoptered out of town to Seattle Childrens Hosp. Woke up in the middle of the night and went to check on her she was limp and non responsive. It just hit fast. She was in NICU for one night and then was on the way to recovery. Total stay 10days. She has been heathy ever since! My pic is her one year birthday last week.

Lisa - posted on 05/09/2009

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one has convulsions when she is ill and one almost died when she was a baby from broncitus both really scary when it happens

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