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last night at dinner one of my daughters had a seizure. apperently, and this I only learned afterwards, there is a relativly common type of siezure that kids have as a result of a fast spike in fever. my wife had this 3 times at about the age my daughter is now (2). but at the time I was sure that she had something in her windpipe - being that she was eating at the time. I called 911 right away and then tried to clear her windpipe - but I was a little apprehensive of trying to heimlich her, as she is about 10% of my wieght. the ambulance was there about 90 seconds after I called in, and I met them dowstairs. I had actually thought that I would drive her to the hospital (which is about 3 minutes away) but they got to us before I could pull out.

at about 60-90 seconds after the siezure started, she stopped moving complety - she was totally unresponsive with eyes open, and I couldn't hear her breathing or really making any noise at all. I was pretty sure that we were going to loose her for a minute or two. I was still thinking that her airway was blocked, so I hit her on the back, held her upside down, and tried to get what ever it was out of her. I had her crying, slightly, just before I handed her over to the ambulance.

we rode in to the hospital with her, and she slept really well for about half an hour - apperently the ordeal exhasted her. within 30 minutes she was responsive again, and within an hour and a half she was back to herself.

anyway, she seems to be fine, there is a 30% chance that this will happen again, so I am not thrilled about that, but at least it isn't life threatening and I now know what happened.

got home, had a large shot of scotch. honestly, I don't think that I have ever been so scared.
 

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I'm glad things worked out okay. I can't imagine seeing my child go through that ordeal.
 

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Gosh. Terrifying. I'm glad she's OK. I would not have stopped at one shot.
 
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wow Zach, awful story. Glad to hear it ended well.
 

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Sounds absolutely terrifying, Zach. I would've need several large shots of Scotch.
 

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oh holy cow. Glad it worked out but I hope you never have to go through that ever again.
 

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Hey Zach, one of the RubeBabes had a very similar thing when she was a toddler. Scared the hell out of me.

Thankfully it never happened again.
 

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I'm not looking forward to this aspect of parenthood
 

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hope everything and everyone is okay. we had a health scare with my middle son last year and there's nothing worse. you never realize how much you love them until you're tested whether the test is big or small.
 

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I'm really glad this worked out ok. My daughter is a few years older than yours but when she was 3 she had a high fever and while sleeping, kept shaking like in a small seizure. My wife told me this can happen with fevers and they get tremors but i was scared shitless. Luckily wife was right.
 

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Have you thought about taking a CPR class? It would really help with knowing how to check if she is having difficulty breathing or her heart stopped, it at the very least might make you a little more comfortable if another situation like this arises.
 

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thanks for all your kind words
 

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Originally Posted by globetrotter
last night at dinner one of my daughters had a seizure. apperently, and this I only learned afterwards, there is a relativly common type of siezure that kids have as a result of a fast spike in fever. my wife had this 3 times at about the age my daughter is now (2). but at the time I was sure that she had something in her windpipe - being that she was eating at the time. I called 911 right away and then tried to clear her windpipe - but I was a little apprehensive of trying to heimlich her, as she is about 10% of my wieght. the ambulance was there about 90 seconds after I called in, and I met them dowstairs. I had actually thought that I would drive her to the hospital (which is about 3 minutes away) but they got to us before I could pull out.

at about 60-90 seconds after the siezure started, she stopped moving complety - she was totally unresponsive with eyes open, and I couldn't hear her breathing or really making any noise at all. I was pretty sure that we were going to loose her for a minute or two. I was still thinking that her airway was blocked, so I hit her on the back, held her upside down, and tried to get what ever it was out of her. I had her crying, slightly, just before I handed her over to the ambulance.

we rode in to the hospital with her, and she slept really well for about half an hour - apperently the ordeal exhasted her. within 30 minutes she was responsive again, and within an hour and a half she was back to herself.

anyway, she seems to be fine, there is a 30% chance that this will happen again, so I am not thrilled about that, but at least it isn't life threatening and I now know what happened.

got home, had a large shot of scotch. honestly, I don't think that I have ever been so scared.


the ambulance was there about 90 seconds after I called in

Good they were there so quick. One of the few good parts of your story.

And think, there is a 70% chance this will not happen again.
 

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Originally Posted by Bhowie
Have you thought about taking a CPR class? It would really help with knowing how to check if she is having difficulty breathing or her heart stopped, it at the very least might make you a little more comfortable if another situation like this arises.

yeah, I've actually been looking into it this morning. I have taken adult CPR courses a few times, but they also have special course for kids - you can hurt an adult with CPR, I think that you really need to know what you are doing to do CPR to a 30 pound kid.

but, honestly, there were 3 (first aid) catastraphies that we planned for (in our house) - major bleeding, serious burn and blocked airway. we did exactly what we planned for in the case of blocked airway, just that wasn't the actual event. I am pretty happy with our reactions and the reaction time of the local first reposnders. part of why we chose our apartment is the extreme proximity to a trauma center and to the firehouse, and that paid off.
 

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Originally Posted by rnoldh
the ambulance was there about 90 seconds after I called in

Good they were there so quick. One of the few good parts of your story.

And think, there is a 70% chance this will not happen again.


exactly right - pretty good odds.

actually, the best part of the story is that the event wasn't life threatening. I thought that she wasn't breathing but she apperenlty was.
 

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