Help!-someone stop me panicking!!

  1. Wasn't sure wether to post this here or in the paediatric forum.
    My 3 year old son has been having fainting fits occasionally for the last 12-15 months,when he's cried so hard he couldn't catch his breath. At first i put it down to normal (extreme) toddler tantrum behavior - but it seems to be happening more often,and with less trigger(he did it on Saterday when i was tickling him)
    He did it today when crying and was out so cold,he peed himself.
    Even though he's only out for a matter of seconds,it's starting to panic me when it happens,and i'm normally a level-headed panic-free RN.:wink2:
    He has an appointment with our doctor on Thursday,and i'm worried i'll be dismissed as a neurotic mom.If its just a toddler thing he'll grow out of,thats great,but i want to check that there's no underlying patholgy eg.???heart murmur????
    Am i being hysterical,and getting things out of proportion?
    What checks should the doctor be doing?
    Thanks for any opinion or advice you may have
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  2. 12 Comments

  3. by   jevans
    Ayemmeff

    Why are you waiting 'til Thursday?

    If he was mine he would be there today!!!

    No you are not being hysterical

    Yes 3yo do have tantrums but do not usually pass out because of them unless they are holding their breath[ which sometimes happen]
    If this is the case it is very very important not to show concern as it can become a controlling issue, with son using it as a way of getting his own way.

    In personal experience, this holding of breath until passing out can become a long standing issue, even to adulthood.

    Please keep us posted

    Good luck
    j
  4. by   Stargazer
    I'm not a peds nurse, but it sounds to me like he's vagalling.

    A seizure disorder needs to be ruled out also. Keep us posted.
  5. by   Stargazer
    And I agree with jevans, I wouldn't wait til Thursday either.
  6. by   NurseDennie
    It would be really rare, but he should probably also have a 24 hour holter monitor. Very rare, but I do know a 3 year old with a pacer.

    Hope not your baby, though. You're not panicking - you're being the mother.

    Love

    Dennie
  7. by   deespoohbear
    I agree with the other posters, your child needs evaluated ASAP!! Any child that is out cold for an unknown reason needs examined. Good luck....
  8. by   nursedawn67
    I have to agree you are NOT panicking, you ARE being a loving caring parent.

    Keep us posted.
  9. by   New CCU RN
    If that were my child, I definitely would be doing the same exact thing....and I also agree that Thursday is def too long to wait!!!!!!!
  10. by   ayemmeff
    Thanks for your support-i really appreciate it
    Sadly in the uk,unless you are about to cardiac arrest you are lucky to get an appointment with your family doctor in less than3 days,so i was grateful to get Thursday! If it was a sudden onset thing,he would have been in the ER this afternoon,but as i said its kind of crept up on us over about a year.
    At the moment he's racing around the house with his older brother,driving me nuts!!!!-apart from the "faints" he's
    A-OK!!!
    Will keep you posted,thanks so much again!
    Last edit by ayemmeff on Dec 9, '02
  11. by   emily_mom
    You're not over reacting at all....just a wonderful mom!!! Let us know what happens! (I see you have stopped with the smilies...good for you!!!)

    Kristy
  12. by   tattooednursie
    I would get him to the doc asap! That does not sound normal to me. Do you think that maybe it is panic attacks? I'm 17 and I have panic attacks. Ive had them since I was 14. I have had 5 of them and 4 out of 5 times I completely blacked out. the things that set this off was . . . being in a crowded museum (closterphobia) (sp?) being strapped to a back bored at a fire/rescue training (closterphobia), 2 times in a self contained breathing apparattus at a fire training (closterphobia), and once after a fight with my parents (I was crying and hyperventalated) I was blacked out for like a half hour on that one! the only time I didnt black out was when I was strapped to the back bored, but I was really shakey for 2 days, and I couldnt walk strait or anything. The worst was the second time in that SCBA . . . I almost had to be taken by ambulance with a bp of 220/195, turning blue, and a pulse of like 110
  13. by   semstr
    Asap to a doctor with this child!!!
  14. by   PennyLane
    Please let us know what the doctor says on Thursday! I'm keeping my fingers crossed that it's nothing medically wrong with him. In the meantime, try not to get too stressed and watch him like a hawk!

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