Vaso-Vagal Discussion

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From: Annie


My 4 yr. old son has had two episodes of vaso-vagal within 8 mo. of each other. The first time I had him picked up by an ambulance, not knowing what was wrong. He was running around then all of sudden he stopped in front of me, said his stomach hurt, turned white, lips blue and lethargicly laid on the bleachers. He was always conscious but barely. He could answer all of my questions but was weak, I had to hold his head up. He was dead weight as if he were asleep. His eyes never rolled, he did not clench his teeth, all tests were normal at the ER but he was exhausted. ER Dr. said most likely vaso-vagal! I did a follow up w/ the pediatrician. She agreed, I declined an EEG at the time. (He most likely would not test's difficult to get a 4 yr. on an EEG). But his second episode happened today. It did not last as long, 5 min. in comparison to 45 min. before, but it does scare the heck out of ya! It does remind me of a seizure for epileptics but he just comes on with a sudden boomer of a headache where he can't stand, turns white and I thought fast enough to throw water on him. We believe his is caused by bowel movement cramping. He had the signs of it coming on this morning, and I realized it after it happened. The cold water thrown in his face made him come around much more quickly and he asked to be put on the toilet while drinking juice (just in case is was a sugar level low). A mystery for a mom to worry about!

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