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Toddler and infant seizures / fainting with pain - please help

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  • Posted By: GrantSan
  • December 22, 2008
  • 05:19 AM

I have a 2 year, 6 month old daughter who stops breathing (faints or seizes) when she experiences pain or gets startled. She will pass out and turn green/blue for about 10-20 seconds. Then she will come to and be lethargic (breathing slowly - sort of a "reset"). It is involuntary. There is no memory loss as she can recall all of the lead up and post events. It usually happens when she is tired. She goes limp and may lose bladder control. Sometimes, she will tighten her hands into fists while it is happening. I am lookng for help with the diagonsis as it is difficult to reproduce under physician supervision, and the one time it happened, the physician's expertise with neurological symptoms was not sufficient to offer an opinion. (although, he thought that her heart did stop during the event)

As a baby, she did it more frequently. She could not handle groups of people or loud noise without this happening. She was a very hypersensitive baby and, as an example, would only breastfeed while sleeping and did not like to be "cuddled."

She was 1 month premature but was "healthy" at birth. The delivery had complications and ther may by potential for some form of mild cp?

I don't know if it matters, but she is unusually intelligent for 2.5 years old. She can count to 1000 and can complete complex puzzles and has exceptional memorization and spatial skills. As far as size goes, she has an unusually large head diameter (97th percentile) but that may be hereditary.

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  • She needs a very good exam by a pediatric neurologist.
    aquila 1263 Replies
    • December 24, 2008
    • 06:41 PM
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  • I am appalled at how many times I see your idiotic posts on this website. I agree with Dr. Cottle on this one. STOP FILLING THESE THREADS WITH RIDICULOUS NONSENSE!!! FOR THE LOVE OF GOD, SEEK HELP! Maybe this "radioactive" signal got into YOUR brain and is screwing with your your ability to comprehend this. THESE PEOPLE ARE ASKING FOR HELP, NOT LUDICROUS STATEMENTS FROM A MAN WHO SHOULD BE RECIEVEING HELP FROM A PSYCHOLOGIST!
    stepchildguitar 7 Replies
    • December 26, 2008
    • 07:18 PM
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  • This is known as Startle Epilepsy and can occur in infants or children wherein prenatal or perinatal insult has occurred in some form. The blue-green appearance and alteration in sinus rhythm of the heart is due to the characteristic autonomic manifestations associated with the disorder. The absence of pronounced myoclonic activity is also a feature of Startle Epilepsy. The area of the brain affected is most commonly located in the lateral sensory motor cortex. My suggestion here is for you to seek referral to a pediatric neurologist and if you need to travel out of town in order to obtain direct evaluation by such a specialist, then I would encourage you to do so. The syndrome is treatable. Best regards, J Cottle, MD
    JCottleMD 580 Replies
    • December 27, 2008
    • 03:01 AM
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