My eldest son was 8-month old when he suddenly passed out in my arms. I was so shocked that I couldn’t explain my feeling. My whole body was shaking and my mind cannot function well. I don’t know what to do. I am hopeless. I was crying and shouting for help, I thought he was dead. He lost his consciousness although his eyes remained open. His skin turned blue.
His seizure ended after 5 minutes but that 5 minutes was a nightmare. It was a terrible feeling I couldn’t explain, a worst feeling a mother could ever feel most especially if you are a first time mom.
Due to panic, my husband brought my son to the nearest hospital barefooted. He also didn’t wear any t-shirt. Situation like this will paralyze your entire mind and body. You cannot think straight, I can’t think of a better solution. I can’t calm myself because I’m terribly shaking.
The doctor told us it was a febrile convulsion and was hereditary; it can be inherited from parents who had a history of convulsion. Though it seems frightening, it will not result to death if treated well. It usually occurs to a child between 6 months to 5 years old. The attack also strikes when a child often get infected with virus. The doctor also advised us to be careful with our first aid, because if we mishandle it, it will result to a permanent injury.
I have listed below some of the “first aid” we did during my son’s convulsion but were not advisable by the doctor. It just came from our neighbors, friends and families. As frustrated mom, I did some!
Note: I am not a health expert; everything that I shared here is based upon my observations and my researches when my son suffered one. Just want to share it for informational purposes only.
DON’T DO THESE..
Put spoon into his mouth so it will not lock.
My son’s pediatrician told us not to put spoon in his mouth during attack; it may result to damage on his teeth. But during his second attack, he bit his lower lip and blood keep coming out so I wrapped a spoon with towel and put it in his mouth. I had no choice, I’m afraid he might bite his tongue.
The doctor told us not to intervene during attack. Just clear the area to let the air enter. But if the attack prolonged and reached 15 minutes go to the nearest hospital.
Bath the baby with ice cold during seizure to lessen the fever.
This is a big No, No; the water might enter his nose and mouth that can suffocate the baby.
Press his tummy to wake him up.
My neighbor keeps on pressing my son’s hands and tummy during his attack. According to him, this will wake him up. Some told us to put a little bit of salt at the tip of his tongue but all of these tips didn’t work for our son.
Go to Faith Healers, they knew everything
This might be the weirdest advice I received. They believed that my son was possessed by bad spirits. That we might need a ritual to let those spirits leave. But to a frustrated mom, I obeyed and did some ritual.
Our doctor gave us some insights, common signs and possible causes of febrile convulsion. We have to understand and memorize it for future reference.
What is Febrile Convulsion?
Febrile convulsion is a seizure associated with a high body temperature. It is caused by high fever, it is not considered to be epilepsy. It commonly occurs to children ages 6 months to 5 years old.
- Often begins with a sudden cry, stiffness followed by a jerking of the body.
- It only cast for 1 to 5 minutes
- The child loses consciousness, although the eyes remain open
- Irregular breathing
- They have fever (usually greater than 38degrees Celsius) or infection
- They are tired, and over-heated
- They are exited, anxious, fearful or sleepy
- It is important to be calm so you can think of a better solution
- If the seizures last longer than five minutes, bring him to the nearest hospital
- Place the child on his side to prevent choking. Remove any object from a child’s mouth. Don’t place anything in the child’s mouth during convulsion
- Seek immediate medical attention if this is the child’s first seizure
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