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Absence Convulsion in a 3 year old

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evaangel2 Fri 21-Aug-09 19:59:37


Last night I went to A&E as my 3 year old had what was known as an absence convulsion...he went very floppy and a vacant absence expression on his face..this lasted for about 15 secs without fever.

I just cannot rest or settle...I keep checking him and he is fine, he is running around today.

The doc said there was no evidence of virus or temp and this may just be an isolated incident, but the criteria for a referral is for my son to have 2 convulsions before a peadatrician to investigate further..

My head is all over the place and I have been crying all day...he is my world and I cant stop me please
thanks for reading
any advice or experiences will be appreciated

labyrinthine Fri 21-Aug-09 22:56:58

oh poor you how upsetting and poor ds.
did a paed dr see him or just casualty dr~don't know much about it but thought they might have looked into it/kept him in maybe.
hope someone with experience comes along for you to help you more

evaangel2 Sat 22-Aug-09 07:38:38 was a casualty dr who seen to him...he was lovely and he thoroughly checked him over for ear, chest infection etc
yep I thought they would of kept him in
since starting this post...I have researched it and it appears to be a childhood condition which they grow out of..still very frightening though

leisurely Sat 22-Aug-09 08:07:17

Our daughter started this when she was around a year old. her paediatrician was fabulous (we were living in the ME then), I kept a diary of when they occured, duration, aftermath etc. She then had an EEG which showed no abnormality in brain activity, but he stressed that it was unlikely that it would. She began medication and had blood tests monthly (not nice), after about 18 months, he advised reducing medication which we did. She has been absence free for 6 years now. He was such a belting doctor, he did tell me that adolescents can induce these events as it gives them a sexual high!

Toomanytrainers Sat 22-Aug-09 16:11:32

My daughter had several of these episodes when she was 5-6. We saw our GP who referred us to a paedatric cardiologist after the second one. She had lots of tests, which revealed nothing out of the ordinary and touch wood, hasn't had any more "attacks" in the past 3 years. Chances are it'll just be a one off, but if you are still concerned see your GP as that's the route to getting to see a specialist. I have to say I don't have a lot of faith with casualty Drs at the mo - one failed to spot that I had a broken bone in my foot a few months ago.

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