The scariness of seizures
Ok, so you know how in my earlier post this week I said that everything had been going beautifully at home, and Hunter had been really well? Seems that I well and truly managed to jinx myself as the very next day began a series of events which I never what to experience or witness again. It was something I had vaguely heard about in the past but I feel needs to be shared for all first time parents out there to know what to do if the situation arises with their child. I am talking about febrile convulsions/seizures brought about by high fevers in young children.
Here's a bit of backstory.....Hunter had gone to bed as normal on Monday night, not showing any signs of anything being wrong. In the middle of the night he became unsettled and vomited which I put down to something that he ate. By 4.00 am we were up for the day, he was still a bit unwell so he had some panadol and settled in for a day of couch snuggles and cartoons after Daddy left for work at 5.30 am. Fast forward a couple of hours and he had a fever but had goosebumps at the same time. I hastily bundled him in the car at set off to the local early hours superclinic in our area as the Home Doctor Service would be finishing up for the night. Hunter was starting to drift off to sleep in the car on the way there, and being the very over-protective Mummy that I am, I kept giving him a gentle nudge at every set of traffic lights to make sure he was ok. The next time I turned back to him, he started suddenly convulsing, arms and limbs jerking and eyes rolling. I was stuck in at turning lane traffic light on a very busy Melbourne road with trucks and peak hour traffic flying past me in every direction. I eventually managed to pull into a service station over the road where I grabbed Hunter out of the car barely conscious and blue and dialed 000. This was the single most terrifying and helpless moment of my life.
A couple of people stopped at the service station putting petrol in their cars ran to help and unbelievably one was a nurse, and she helped me stabilize Hunter as best that we could but he was in great need of medical attention. We waited for the ambulance for half and hour....this is as great an indication as any at how dire our ambulance service is. The government must do something to increase resources as this is simply not acceptable. I was not willing to waste another minute so had no choice but to accept the offer from the beautiful nurse helping us, and she and her family dropped us at the nearest emergency hospital.
After several thorough check ups and hours spent under observation at the hospital it was all put down to a febrile convulsion which is a fit or seizure caused by fever. Initially I had fears as to whether Hunter would have any ongoing effects but was advised that these type of seizures don't cause damage to the brain or other organs and it is quiet common - it will actually affect about 1 child in 30 under the age of 6.
Here are some tips from the hospital for anyone who is unlucky enough to be in the position I was yesterday:
*As difficult as it is, try and stay calm
*Place your child on a soft surface on their side or back
*Do not restrain your child
*Do not put anything in their mouth
*Time how long it lasts so you can notify the doctor
Hunter's recovery after yesterday's events is going well, and if you saw him now you probably wouldn't believe me as he is back to his crazy little self. He looks like he has forgotten all about the traumatic event, but I guarantee you that I never will.