Last night at around 10:30pm I heard the sound of Phoenix gagging, then crying out on the monitor to her room. I rushed in expecting to see her standing up at the edge of her crib throwing a tantrum about bedtime. I was fully prepared to scold her and lay her back down.
Instead I found my 20 month old daughter vomiting and having a seizure. It took her 15+ minutes to come back to herself and the force of it all even caused the blood vessels in one of her eyes to burst. I called my parents immediately, Justin and my mom stayed home with the other two and I took P to the children’s hospital with my dad.
We were at Mary Bridge until 6am, and are finally back at home now where she is sleeping soundly. This was not a febrile seizure, as it WASN’T localized to only one side of her body and she didn’t present with a fever. Her diagnoses upon discharge was “generalized seizure as result of breath holding spell”.
She will sometimes cry so hard that she holds her breath involuntarily and turns blue, she’s done so since she was a baby. She has always come out of it quickly but this time it is believed it induced a seizure from lack of oxygen. We will have a follow up appointment with neurology as soon as possible to rule out anything more serious and make sure this was a one time thing. I am thankful that I knew what to do in the case of a seizure, and that I heard her on the monitor when it happened. I don’t think I even have to explain how traumatic this was, regardless.