I received the following email from a friend of mine. I am not sure how many of you have heard about Febrile Seizures, but this was incredibly informative to me. I have heard of three cases of this in the last couple of months, with children of varying ages, and varying states – but all were children of close friends. She gave me permission to share her story with you, as well as the information that she has found out/researched on the topic.
As you know, I am not a medically trained professional, however, I am a mom, and this scared the heck out of me. If this is something that you would like to learn more about, please speak to your child’s pediatrician to find out more. .
I hope this is helpful to you….and over to Sonia’s story:
Christina had a seizure in what was the most terrifying moment of my life, ever. I can’t even go there in sharing what I thought was happening to her. Calling 911 and going to the ER in an ambulance just added to the terror. The reason for the seizure is due to a rapid spike in fever, usually at the onset, so you really have no way of knowing its coming. Christina was happy as can be running around Costco all morning and 10 minutes before it happened was chasing her brother in circles. I now know it is common and NOT harmful and has no long-term effects. I wish I was more knowledgeable on it and maybe then I would’ve realized what was happening.
I hope you never experience it, but being ready can’t hurt just in case. And, again, Christina is fine all things considered, although me, not so much…
More information on Febrile Seizures can be found here.
Sonia also passed along these 2 tips:
1. My nurse told me that lukewarm water to the forehead/ neck area can bring down a fever faster than the medicine. Whenever my children feel warm now, it’s the first thing I do as I give them medicine (not a replacement for medicine, just a first step). It really works!
2. Be prepared. I never leave the house now without a little bag that has in it: fever reducer, thermometer (easy to use forehead one), small water bottle, washcloth, pad & pen to jot down temp and time of dosing. I just use one of the cute free makeup bags i got from Clinique once and it’s bright enough that I never forget it.
Please feel free to share this information with your Mom and Dad friends as well as anyone who may be caring for your children.