Concerned Mom

My son is 1 year and 2 weeks old. At 8 months he had a seizure that was ruled as a febrile seizure. This Wednesday he had another seizure and doctors said it was also febrile related. I was confused because he had the seizure right after crying because I took a toy away and he got really upset. Thursday the same thing happened, I laid him down for nap time and he got really upset and kind of held his breath for a little. I comforted hkm right away but he was having a hard time catching his breath. When I finally got him to calm down he was dazed, and slowly started getting very limb. He then started seizing. The seizures that occurred these past 2 days appeared to be triggered the same and his reaction was wxactly the same. After crying, he got limb and then seized for about 60 seconds. He then fell asleep.

I told doctors I didn't think they were febrile seizures and that I would like to see a neurologist. Blood work came back clear.

Any suggestions? I'm very worried and scared. Any members with the same symptoms?

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  • A febrile seizure is associated with a very high body temperature but has no serious underlying health issue. From your description of the trigger that caused your baby's seizure, it could be due to breath holding. Breath holding episodes often occur when a child is asked to do something he or she does not want to do. They are frustrated because they cannot express themselves so cry and cry and cry until they briefly lose consciousness. Breath holding differs from RAS (reflex anoxic seizures) in that the heart continues to beat normally but the breathing stops temporarily.

    RAS occur mainly in young children but can occur at any age. Any unexpected stimulus, such as pain, shock or fright can cause the heart and breathing to stop with RAS often being misdiagnosed as breath holding or, more seriously, as epilepsy.

    It is important to remember that although RAS is frightening to witness, it is not life threatening.