Two weeks ago my daughter, Lakelynn, experienced her first ever Febrile Seizure. If you don’t know what a Febrile Seizure is, ‘also known as a fever fit or febrile convulsion, is a seizure associated with a high body temperature but without any serious underlying health issue. They most commonly occur in children between the ages of 6 months and 5 years’ (wikipedia). The doctors explained that they’re common for children who have the “seizure gene” and that I did everything I was supposed to do. However, as he said these words to me, I felt like I was floating away as the fear took over me. I wasn’t prepared. Or not as well as I should have been.
I am pretty knowledgable about seizures. My youngest sister Emmily had seizures often when we were younger. I know what to do when a seizure starts. I’ve been taught, by my parents, how to respond incase one starts. Even through panic mode my body instantly knew what to do. Except for when my daughter turned blue.
My sister Emmily only ever turned blue in front of me one time. But both of my parents were home and I was in the back of the house when it happened. It was over before it began. I only caught the tail end of the chaos that ensued after it happened. That night is still a sticky blur in my memory. Something I won’t forget, but have no idea exactly what happened. When my daughter turned blue I froze. That night with my sister came flooding back and all I could think about was calling my mother. The words chanted inside my head like a prayer. “Call Mom, just call Mom”. By the time my phone even had time to connect my daughter was back to breathing normally again and my Mom was already yelling at me over the time difference. Lakelynn was despondent as she lay there trying to get her barring after such a traumatic event. Not to mention her skin was on fire. She felt like a thousand burning coals were being heated just behind her skin.
When my Mom realized what was going on from my panicked explanation she just began to talk to me. She told me the 4 steps of preparing for a seizure. The ones she used to chant to her self when my sister would have them.
1. Be Prepared:
Have a GREAT thermometer on hand. This is the one we now own since this event.
Have Ibuprofen of Children’s Motrin in the cabinet
Cold Rags are the quickest and less harmful way to help reduce a fever before a seizure start or is in the process.
Have your life binder handy for when you got to the Emergency Room.
2. Signs of Seizure
Jerking Movement/ Moaning
Shaking or Twitching
Quite Breathing & Their Face Turns Blue
3. What To Do During a Seizure:
Lay your child on his/her side
Move to secure area if necessary
Track how long the seizure lasted
Monitor Eye Movement. What direction does the eyes roll or move (up or down, side to side)
Watch for ANY breathing issues
4. CALL 911 When:
Seizures Lasts Longer Than 10 Minutes
Your Child Begins to Turn Blue
If They Vomit During or Immediately After Their Seizure