Gastroenteritis / Stomach Flu / Rota Virus and Seizure

As mention in my previous posts, Zai came down with Stomach Flu which eventually lead to a seizure. I think its good that we learn some lessons from it. Putting it here to share with all and also to remind myself.

  • Give soy milk instead of normal milk when the kid suffers from diarrhea.
    My colleague actually told me before (not long ago) that her PD advises her to give her kid soy milk when she had diarrhea. But I forgot about it. So we actually continued to give Zai normal milk (although diluted) during the initial period. I think it made his diarrhea worst. We only bought the soy milk formula when he was discharged from the hospital and my mum reminded me about it.
  • Dilute the milk
    If the kid refuses Soy, you can try diluting it. Should help the situation. And I learn from the GP, which we send Zai to last friday, that when the kids have phlegm its better to dilute the milk be it soy or normal as the milks will actually create the phlegm.
  • Re-hydrate
    When the kids suffers from diarrhea and vomiting, its very easy for them to get dehydrated. Hence its important to re-hydrate them. We gave him Ribenna and glucolin. Otherwise you can purchase Hydralyte from the pharmacy.
  • Note the seizure pattern
    How is the seizure like. Is it stiffening of all 4 limbs? Severe jerking? Clenching of fists? Rolling of eyes? Lips and Fingers turning blue? This will help the doctors and nurses determine if it is really a seizure.
  • Time the seizure
    It is important to note how long is the seizure. I think its common that its around 1 to 2 minutes. If its longer than 5 minutes there can be damage to the brain. Send them to the hospital immediately.
  • Activity after the seizure
    Is he conscious?  If he lost conscious, how long was it? Was he more lethargic? Actually I think they will be more lethargic after the seizure. For Zai he “lost conscious” after his first fits. But we are not sure because he is tired and fell asleep or he really lost conscious. Cause when we move him when we reach the hospital, he woke up. I think we will need to call out to his name after the seizure just to check.
  • Treatment for the seizure
    When it happens, just lie him on the side. There is nothing much to do at that time. In the hospital, they will give him oxygen to reduce the chance of a brain damage. (Hence, if they are not able to diagnose cause of the seizure, its better to admit the kid into hospital. In case it happens again, the oxygen is important.) More importantly, don’t stuff anything into their mouth during the seizure. Just ensure you clear all the items around them so they don’t hurt themselves physically because of the stiffening. Its very unlikely they will bite their tongue. So don’t hurt them by trying to stuff things into their mouth.
  • Chart your child development
    Seizure are closely related to brain. So the doctors will always ask you about family history of fits or is there anything wrong with your child’s development. So luckily I always chart my child development so I know he has always been developing well. The common question they asked for my boy is whether he can speak at least 50 number of words. I think its dependent on age. So chart your child development just in case.

I hope I won’t need to use these information again…

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3 thoughts on “Gastroenteritis / Stomach Flu / Rota Virus and Seizure

  1. My Son just experience that exact same thing a few days ago. He was released home from the hospital yesterday but the test result are not back yet and i’m so worry weather the seizure was caused by stomach flu or epilepsy. 😦

    1. Hi Cassarina,

      I understand how you feel. It hurts the parents so much when we see them going into a seizure. There are a lot of things which the current medical science could not explain. Till this date the doctor doesn’t know the exact casual factor for his seizure. We were just thought how to administer his medications if his seizure occurs again and exceeds a certain period. Thankfully, there isn’t any occurrence since (*fingers cross*).

      My best wishes for your son and that he will recover soon.

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