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From: Tom Lyon
Time: 8:59:43 AM
Remote Name: 126.96.36.199
I am glad I am not the only one. I faint when giving blood. Even when the nurse pricks my finger for a couple of drops. I know when I am about to faint because I get a funny taste in my mouth, then the tunnel vision, then I faint. I almost alway lose control of my bladder. This started when I was 5. No one could explain what was happening. For along time I thought I had suffered some trauma as a child. Finally, I was giving blood at a routine physical, passed out and the doc walks in and says, oh, vaso-vagal, and explains the whole thing to me. I am okay if I don't give blood and if I feel it coming on lay down immediately.
I am working with an infant with some delayed gross motor skills. At 9 months of age he started to turn blue and pass out when crying. Now, at 16 months, it happens a few times a day when he is minimally or very upset. He goes from fine to blue in 3 to 5 seconds. His pediatrician found this wonderful to watch because she had never seen it before and had heard about it and recommended that the parents just let him cry and stop being over protective. The parents are searching for another pediatrician and answers to what is going on. Does this sound like a vaso-vagal response? Is it seen in children this young? Any suggestions for the family?