hi, i'm not a mom but today my nephew had a seizure and he's only 3 months old? is it epilepsy?

Estefani - posted on 03/04/2010 ( 21 moms have responded )

2

0

0

hi my nephew had a seizure today, he's only three months old and suddenly he just started like tensing and clenching his hands, his eyes rolled and he was like all tense, when it was done he was lethargic and didn't want to open his eyes, even though we took him to the doctor they said that he was fine and that nothing was wrong, but just a few minute ago he had another seizure, it lasted a little like a minute or so, he wakes up disoriented and slow, we don't know what to do please help!

MOST HELPFUL POSTS

Chrysta - posted on 03/05/2010

5

29

1

Febrile siezures are the worlds best kept secret. Apprarently they are very common and happen in young children (3 mons-5 yrs) when their fevers spikes. Our son had one last year when he had pneumonia (spelling?) The doctors at the hospital basically told us if it happened again don't even call an ambulance, it'll pass and he'll be fine once he gets cooled down. I was mortified when I heard this and once I told people he had had a siezure I had about a dozen other Facebook friends tell me their kids had experienced it too. Look it up online for more info. Good luck! It's a VERY scary thing but is actually their little body's way of protecting their brain when their body temp gets too high. Hope this helps!

Brandi - posted on 03/04/2010

780

12

106

Is he sick?? My daughter had febrile seizures which are seizures brought on by an abrupt rise in body temp. My daughter had 5 seizures in one year every time she got sick (a cold, croup, whatever infection she had that might cause a fever). Good luck. I hope your nephew is ok.

21 Comments

View replies by

Rachel - posted on 03/15/2010

41

8

5

it could be epilepsy it could one of many seizure disorders get him to a doctor and have him tested best to bring him in the middle of a seizure or at beginning of one i know from personal experience i myself have epilepsy

Geraldine - posted on 03/07/2010

14

3

1

My nephew has epilepsy and the symptoms sound very similar. However, you should insist the doctor refer you to a specialist to have him checked our throughly. Epilepsy comes in many and different formats and shouldnt be taken lightly.

Bridgett - posted on 03/07/2010

29

12

1

it could be eilepsy...but he really needs to be brought to his pediatric doctor because alot of times the doctors in an ER are not pediatricians and dont know what the heck they are talking about even though they say they do....if he was sick also it could be from fever my nephew has seizures that are caused from getting sick and his fever spiking too fast....he actually will be fine and withing seconds he will have high fever and he starts seizing...the doctor said it was because his brain couldnt understand what was going on in such a short period of time....so i would have to say that the only way that you will get answers would be to bring him to the doctor and let him admit him to the hospital and watch him....good luck hope everything goes ok and he gets better very soon!!!!!

Lisa - posted on 03/07/2010

78

180

9

If it only happened once, it could have been a fever but I would get it checked out. Don't let them give him any seizure medication until they did absolutely every possible test because the medication itself once put into his system will cause seizures if he didn't have them. Get a second opinion, this is coming from someone w/experience. it can be hereditary & sometimes can just happen for no reason. get an EEG done and that will show part of what's going on...enough for then to know from a 3 month old. Neurologist is what you need to go to see... a family doctor can point you in the right direction...but they can't know anything...only a specialist would know...childrens hospital have neurologists...you need one that works with infants & children. Some don't find out til later so if your nephew does have epilepsy...he is more likely to grow out of it with help! Good Luck! just remember seizures aren't all the same -some last a couple seconds of disorientation, staring, stiffness, to the extreme shaking. sooner you know, sooner he can get controlled to the point of none.

Jenifer - posted on 03/06/2010

87

15

2

Let us know what happened. My son too had a febrile seizure, but if he doesn't have a fever, he needs to be diagnosed. God Bless!

Seren - posted on 03/06/2010

5

22

1

has he had a knock on d head or sumit ring d nhs helpline or go online mb dey can giv u sum professional advice but id defo c a doc gain + if it wer my child id ring an ambulance nx time least den dey can monitor + refer him 4 tests if he needs it

Mary Ann - posted on 03/06/2010

5

41

0

I experienced my first seizure at 34 years old-grand mal seizure. I was rushed to the ER where they did a cat-scan to check for a brain tumor, as brain tumor can cause seizures. It came back negative. They also did an EKG to check my heart and that test came back normal. The blood test came back normal as well. The only test left to do was an EEG where you have to deprive yourself so many hours of sleep. They put electrodes on your head which records the brain waves. This test will determine epilepsy. My EEG came back abnormal, which meant epilepsy. A seizure doesn't necessarily mean epilepsy. Only your doctor can tell you. My advice is to find a good doctor who will take you seriously and do the right thing for your baby! I hope I didn't scare you by anything I've said. God bless!

Leisel - posted on 03/05/2010

75

9

3

I am a Dr and even here in deepest darkest Africa (joking, I am in South Africa) children who experience seizures get admitted and investigated after the first one. Many of them do turn out to be febrile seizures but a handful are caused by other things, some of which can be devestating such as meningitis.

Please get a second opinion, especially, if this is not being investigated, or you are not happy with the answers that you are getting.

Hope that this all turns out well.

Joan - posted on 03/04/2010

454

10

154

hi

i would make an appt with a neurologist. ask them what they think.

good luck

[deleted account]

Oh also the lethargic and cant move thing afterwards is perfectly normal. That is what happens to my mom and brother. It is scary but hang in there and get him to a specialist. God Bless!

[deleted account]

My mom and brother are both epileptic. My mom had a specialist see her when she was like 11. The specialist for this nowadays checks the brainwaves and sees if its consistent with Epilepsy, you can't just go to any doctor, they usually dont know what their talking about. He needs to see a neurologist, thats the only way you will know. Now as for babies I'm not sure but the doctor my mom saw when she was first diagnosed at 11, he was a pediatric neurologist. I hope this helps. Your nephew will be in our prayers. Hang in there. God Bless!

Estefani - posted on 03/04/2010

2

0

0

no he doesn't have a fever, right now at 5:10 pm he had another one but he gets stiff and he blinks repeateadely and moves his mouth, he wakes up but it's like he's disoriented and slow to gain back his conciousness my mom doensn't want to let him go back to sleep, it lasted a minute or so...if he keeps having more we're going to take him to the ER for overnight observation

[deleted account]

does he have a fever? ??? take him to the ER they can hook him up to some machines and check his brain waves to see what is going on when he is having a seizure.

Penny Hardy - posted on 03/04/2010

22

209

1

Check for a vaccination reaction. I have had 2 kids react this way to some shot. For more info. you can go to the National Vaccine Information Center online. We have helped our son naturally with increased amounts of protein so we don't need the medications. We will pray for you - so scary!

[deleted account]

It could be epilepsy. I would take him to get a second oppinion and see if they could run any other tests. My little brother had a seizure once when he was about 2. They took him to the ER and come to find out that he had spiked a really high fever really fast. It didn't happen to him again though. But I would most definetly get a second oppinion as soon as possible!

[deleted account]

take him to a diffrent doctor. my ex husband had epilepsy diagnosed when hewas 7, but his mum had ben trying tell people from the time he was 3 weeks old that he was seizing, and they wouldn't listen to her.

Rebecca - posted on 03/04/2010

1,988

118

313

I would go to the ER and book him in. He needs to be observed over night in my opinion. When my son was ill they said he just had a cold...i went back 2 days later and told the Dr i didn't care how many kids she saw in the run of a day, i knew my son better then anyone and i wasn't leaving without an x-ray...we got the x-ray and he had pneumonia and his H1N1 swab came back positive...parents know their kids inside and out,doesn't matter age. We are given an instinct and i think the mother needs to listen to hers in this case. Dr's are very wise yes, but unless they see the actual event take place and be told there is something wrong, they might not be able to help.

Shannon - posted on 03/04/2010

10

20

2

My cousin had seizures all the time....he just turned 2...he had seizures all the time when he was a baby. Nobody diagnosed him with epilepsy but his mother had them as well...so they had said he might of gotten them through heredity...My cousin had to go through alot of tests. So maybe you should try another doc if theyre telling you that he is fine! So take him to the ER and see what they can do to help him. Hope this helps!!

Join Circle of Moms

Sign up for Circle of Moms and be a part of this community! Membership is just one click away.

Join Circle of Moms