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Fits in infant

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  • Posted By: Anonymous
  • December 21, 2008
  • 02:34 PM

Hi; My 5 months kid is suffering from fits. He had his first fit 16 days ago, whilst he was suffering from sever chest congestion; which was continued for past 6 days before the occurance of fit.

After the medication, he was fully recovered. Nevertheless, 2 days ago, he again had a fit. This time it was for approx. 3 to 5 min. His eyes rolled up, started choking, body stretched and his left leg and arm started moving, whilst he turned blue.

One Doctor is of the opinion that these symptoms leads to the conclusion of problem of epilpsey and another expert says that it is due to clacium deficiency. The EEG report is not conclusive, which suggests a potential problem of epilapsy. The blood report suggest that the calcium leve is 5.57 which ought to be 9-11.

What should i do?????????????? should i start treatment of epilapsy ?? i haven't started it yet.

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  • Low calcium is called hypocalcemia, and it can be a genetic problem, something you're born with. I'd ask to get this checked out.
    aquila 1,263 Replies
    • December 24, 2008
    • 06:52 PM
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  • Okay, first of all realize that seizure activity of unknown origin can occur in normal, healthy infants. While I concur that the Ca level is low, a single lab test is not definitive of any particular disorder to be certain. At this point, I would certainly not place your child on anti-epileptics until further testing is performed. Hypocalcemia is most common within the first few days of life and normally associated with low birth weight or gestational/maternal diabetes. Late onset, such as the case with your child, is quite rare. When it does occur, however, it is most commonly caused by the ingestion of cow's milk or formula with too high of a phosphate load. This results in abnormally high serum phosphates that causes hypocalcemia. A test should have already been performed to check the serum PO4 level and if not, then it should definitely be among subsequent lab tests undertaken. Be aware that if hypocalcemia is present, the treatment consists of preparations that are high in sugar content that typically invokes diarrhea, so simply be advised this response is due to the treatment and not the disorder. Lastly, make certain that a pediatric specialist is at least on consult. The general practitioner alone is not the wisest choice where metabolic disorders may be present. Best regards, J Cottle, MD
    JCottleMD 580 Replies
    • December 24, 2008
    • 08:28 PM
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  • Seizures can indeed occur in normal healthy infants. You have no medical license, absolutely no medical training whatsoever and as I've stated previously, you're suffering from psychosis and need to see a psychiatrist. People on this forum are not being poisoned by cell phones, power lines or any other absurd claims being suggested by you. They are also not infected with Lyme disease. These people need medical answers to medical questions and not outlandish yarns about purchasing all sorts of meters to detect electrical current. Again, my recommendation to you is to seek out a psychiatrist who can help you determine why you believe things are invading your body. Best regards, J Cottle, MD
    JCottleMD 580 Replies
    • December 26, 2008
    • 05:09 AM
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  • Thank you for correcting blaze. I was about to myself before I read your post. I respect you greatly for the fact that you take time to read and help these people in addition to your job as a doctor. Thank you.
    stepchildguitar 7 Replies
    • December 26, 2008
    • 07:03 AM
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