A Scary Afternoon

March 30, 2011 mommytobeaver
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What started out as a normal cold turned into something pretty scare last week. Charla has always been prone to high fevers. A few times this past winter she’s gotten over 103F. Alternating Ibuprofen with Tylenol usually does the trick, if Ibuprofen alone isn’t working. I’ve also been in her room in the middle of the night holding a wet washcloth to her hot little forehead, but the fever always goes down.

So Thursday, when her fever was 103.6F I gave her another dose of Ibuprofen and she laid down. All day this had been a losing battle. She woke up at 102F. The Ibuprofen only brought it down to 101F so before she went down for nap she got a dose of Tylenol as well. She slept for 3 hours. The high fever really wiped out all her energy. When she woke up from nap is when the fever stopped responding.

Forty-five minutes after giving her Ibuprofen, her fever was up to 104.1F. I called the doctor and got a 4:30 appointment, it was 3:15. We watched a bit of TV and then got ready to go. As we were driving down the street she kept talking to me, asking me about the park we were driving past and wanting to hear the radio. Then she let out a cry. I turned around to see what was wrong and saw she was having a seizure. I pulled over and called 9-1-1. Her seizure lasted for about 4 minutes and those were the longest minutes of my life. I thought for sure she was going to be brain damaged. The fact that she wasn’t speaking when she finally came out of it didn’t help. I don’t think she spoke or moved much for an hour after the seizure.

After some research though I know that febrile seizures do not effect development. She may or may not have another one. They do run in the family so her chance of another is slightly raised. Fever management will be very important from now on in the prevention of another seizure. Part of me is glad that summer is right around the corner and that means less virus’. However, part of me just wants to get the next virus over and done with so I know what will happen. She will outgrow this once she’s between 5 and 6 years old, thankfully. For now, I’ll just keep Ibuprofen with me wherever we go.

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