diabetic seizures

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   Posted 6/27/2005 7:44 PM (GMT -6)   
Hello!  I'm new to this forum and to all diabetic experiences.  I babysit a type 1 who has had 2 convulsive seizures and 1 silent seizure.  The term "epilepsy" had slipped from one doc's mouth as a possibility.  Have any of you experienced seizures or epilepsy?  Are seizures common in all/most diabetics?  I'm having probs finding any info on diabetic children developing epilepsy.  Can anyone help?  Thanks!

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   Posted 6/28/2005 11:03 AM (GMT -6)   
Hey! Thanks for responding. She just turned 4 and had been diagnosed with diabetes about a year and a half ago. She hasn't had testing done for epilepsy, yet. It was mentioned as a possibility by some doctors, but they wanted to rule out any smaller possibilities (pump error, illness, etc.) and said we should just wait and watch for the next couple of weeks. I didn't think seizures were common with diabetes and I have a bad feeling about it turning out to be epilepsy, so I'm trying to understand/be prepared. She's a beautiful little girl with so much spunk. I really hate for any of this to happen to her and her family.

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   Posted 6/28/2005 11:09 AM (GMT -6)   
hello, are her sugars low when she has the seizures? She could be having a hypoglycemic reaction. When I was four I sometimes reacted like that when i had low sugar reactions.

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   Posted 6/28/2005 8:31 PM (GMT -6)   
The first two seizures (both convulsive) were due to low blood sugar. The third was just last weekend and was a silent seizure. According to her dad, her body was completely limp and she was staring blankly, unresponsive. She was at 140 which is well within her target range. They've already ruled out pump failure.

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   Posted 6/29/2005 2:37 PM (GMT -6)   
take childs temperature to see if its high during these siezures

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   Posted 7/7/2005 6:08 AM (GMT -6)   
Dear sitter,
This little girl is lucky to have you. It is so hard to find a responsible person who is willing to babysit a diabetic child.

Can you tell by any behavioural signs when her sugar is getting low? Every child and diabetec is different. It is harder with children because they often have a hard time expressing how they are feeling medically at the best of times.

However most people develop a set of personal symptoms that you may recognize as a sign of low blood sugar. Some of the common signs include things like: headache, paleness, clammy cold skin, dizziness, feeling weak, or tired, racing pulse, shaky feeling, nervousness, feeling very hungry, craving sugar, difficulty talking, confusion, poor coordination, shallow breathing, blurry vision, cranky, and finally seizures or loss of consciousness.

How often do you check her sugars? Food, exercise and illness will alter blood sugars.

High blood sugar also usually can be noticed by symptoms such as increased thirst, tired or weak, frequent need to urinate, headache, changes in vision.

I have heard that if a child is having seizures, you should never give the child anything by mouth.

I am not a doctor.

I am a type one diabetic. I have been told that I should tell my coworkers etc to use a qtip or something to spread honey on my gums while waiting for the ambulance if I am not able to eat.

When a child or any diabetec goes through a low blood sugar spell, it is crucial to give something sweet immediately. Then after 10 to 20 minutes try and give the diabetec something with protein like a peanut butter sandwich or cheese and crackers.

You are so wonderful and caring. All children need lots of love and diabetec kids are just like all other kids. They need lots of love too!!!!

My heart goes out to young children and their parents and care givers who have to deal with this.

We have made a lot of gains in diabetec research but we still have a long way to go.

The association for juvenille diabetes research foundation has a wonderful website and they publish a pamphlet for caregivers and teachers of juvenille diabetics, free of charge. If you cannot find their site, go to my profile and email me and I will send you the address.

God Bless you for taking care of this little girl. I will keep her, you, and her parents in my prayers. I pray that they will get more answers for this little girl.


Post Edited (effie) : 7/7/2005 6:28:27 AM (GMT-6)

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