Huge scare with baby today!
I had a huge scare today with the 3 month old baby I watch during the day. This is what happened. The baby woke up at 6pm from her second nap of the day, she slept for a good 2 hours. She was awake for 30 min before I made her a bottle. I had to have my sister feed it to her because we had a commotion outside that I needed to take care of. When I came back, my sister said she stopped eating to cry for a second but then accepted the bottle again. I took over from there and the baby finished off her bottle. I then picked her up to burp her and that's when I noticed something very wrong.
As I lifted her to my shoulder her body went limp. I brought her back down and saw that her face was red and her eyes were rolling up in her head. My initial thought was she was choking as that's what it looked like. Being fully aware that the only thing she had in her mouth was her bottle of milk, I turned her over and pounded on her back anyway as I screamed for my sister. She wasn't home. I turned the baby back over and could tell she was breathing at this point but she was still limp, red, and eyes were still rolled back. I then ran to my neighbors because I knew she was out in her driveway. By then the baby started to come to. Her color started to look normal and her eyes were no longer rolled back. She was still limp and had a hard time staying awake. I called her mom, who was already on her way, but wanted to let her know that something wasn't right. Having only been awake from her nap for less than an hour, she shouldn't have been so tired that she couldn't keep her eyes open.
I kept her awake the best I could until her mom arrived. She looked her over and decided she'd call the doctor when she got home. By this time the baby just seemed very tired. It was then that she told me for the first time that seizures ran in her husbands family, but the baby had never shown signs. Turns out that is exactly what happened.
Now I'm just freaked out. I didn't see it coming and I pretty much panicked. Knowing what happened now, I feel I can be prepared if it happens again. Thing is, I didn't sign up for this. I love this little girl like she's my own, but what if something happens? I am not prepared for what that will do to my life. I hate to think that way, but being paranoid every second of every day that she's here, doesn't sound fun either. I know that I'll keep watching her, if that's what her parents want, but I can't help but worry worry worry.
Its normal to worry, your going to be a great parent one day! I'm a mother and my son can choke on something as little as a french fry and I panic! Although now-a-days I have learned to panic on the inside, cause as a parent, you still have to hold it together no matter what. You did the right thing and I'm glad you are the one to watch the baby, not a lot of people know what to do in times like those.
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Did the baby go see the dr? I personally would have called an ambulance or rushed straight to the ER...
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I'm not sure exactly what her mom did when they left. I sent her a text to ask how the baby was doing and her response was the doctor said it was most likely a seizure. She didn't go into detail. I do know she wont be coming tomorrow because they are taking her in for a closer look.
I understand your worry in such a situation for sure. This baby definitely needs to see a pediatrician. I am not a specialist in this area but this seizure activity needs to be montitored and treated especially with the familial history. Some seizures can be isolated events as infants with high fevers, some vitamin deficiencies and low blood glucose levels. Sometimes, the baby may be referred to a pediatric neurologist for further investigations. Good luck!
Not knowing what it was at the time that it was happening, and her mom not being here to see it for herself, it was really hard to say how serious it was. The whole thing lasted maybe 2 minutes and all the symptoms disappeared by the time she got there. She was really lithargic, but that was more of a side effect of everything else.
It is quite common to be sleepy and lethargic after a seizure as the person recovers, you're completely correct. I have seen this happen quite often in my career. At least you were there to do the best possible for the baby under your care and you reported it to the baby's parents and thats all someone could ask for. I hope it all works out.
That is scary... glad everything is ok and I hope they can find out why the baby is seizing and let you know what you should or should not do if it happens again while in your care.
They are keeping the baby overnight for observation after she seized again durring testing this morning.
After many hours of googling last night, I believe she is having what is called Atonic Seizures, where the body goes limp, instead of stiffening and shaking. This is sometimes difficult to recognize in babies so young because they don't walk, crawl, or even sit up where you would notice if they all of a sudden fell down. I'm just glad I picked her up when I did.
Please keep this precious little girl in your prayers. I know people can live with seizures, but being so young I worry about her.
Prayers headed her way!
Bless her little heart! I don't know what I would do if something like that happened, probably kill over. Way to keep your cool!
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