How To Distinguish Seizures Or Choking In Babies?

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Lady Rosalina:, my son on April 18 2018 suddenly had difficulty catching his breath and was pale for the duration of 1 minute. May 22 2018 is also the same, the difference with the first one the eyes don’t blink, it’s hard to take a breath. the second I had a video at the end. Recover by itself. It is not accompanied by fever or fever or any illness. R nThe pediatrician here, dr. Ayu Ekamila jember clinic based on the short video is the heart, after ultrasound the heart results are normal. Dr. Deby Situbondo said it was a seizure and the video at the end of the seizure that I showed, according to her, was from the seizure. Nerves tested by dr. Deby is a pediatrician, nerve spasms so my child has not been allowed to receive DPT 1 immunization. R nDoctor What should I do. My plan is to bring it to dr. Prastiya siloam surabaya. R nAre there any other suggestions from the doctor? R nI am still confused, is my child choking because of mmg after feeding. Or convulsions. Is there a difference between reactions to choking and seizures?

1 Answer:

Good morning, thanks for asking at We understand your confusion, and in order to know what steps to take, you need to first know the difference between choking and a seizure. Choking is a condition that occurs when a liquid or solid object enters the respiratory tract. This process is a reflex or unconscious response of the body that arises to keep the respiratory system clean and only air passes through. Choking is usually characterized by coughing, watery eyes, flushed face and crying in infants. Approximately the same as choking in a child or adult.

While seizures can take various forms. In children, it is most often started with fever, but that does not mean that without fever, children cannot have seizures. Among the signs of a seizure are repetitive rhythmic movements, upward glancing of the eye, abnormal body movements, and so on. Seizures can occur in children due to various causes and risk factors, including epilepsy or epileptic conditions, brain infection, a history of lack of oxygen while still in the womb, had umbilical cord entanglement, not breathing immediately at birth and a family history of seizures.

In your child's case, what you did was right by videotaping it to show the doctor when examining. The pediatrician was the first to suspect congenital heart disease because it is natural for children with congenital heart disease to cause symptoms of difficulty breathing. However, because further examinations have been carried out and the results are normal, then indeed another possibility is that it is a seizure.

So that our advice, follow the recommendations of your pediatrician. Because even though we didn't see the video or your child's condition in person, the two specialists you consult about your child's condition certainly know the difference between choking and seizures. So check your child on a neurologist or pediatrician and if the condition recurs, some videos with a longer duration so that there is a comparison and the doctor who treats your child to get a clearer picture. In the meantime, keep breastfeeding your child, and to avoid choking, try to get a more upright position. We wish you and your family good health.

That's all, hope it helps.

dr. Amadeo D. Basfiansa

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