What is the most serious illness your child has had?

Australia
March 31, 2007 1:48am CST
My son that is now 7, was diagnosed with Meningococcal when he was only 4 months old. He was grumpy from the time he woke from his afternoon sleep. I called a doctor as I though he may just have wind or be teething. When the doctor took too long, I called a relative that took us to the local hospital. Before we went, I took my baby to the bedroom to change him and noticed some kind of bruising on his legs but didnt notice it before. The hospital was packed when we got there and i really started to panic. We got in straight away. When the doctor stripped him, he was covered in a rash and it was getting darker by the second. The doctor called for an ambulance to take us to a bigger hospital. He tried to get blood from my baby, but none would come out so he injected him a few times with antibiotics to get it into his system. The days that followed were the most stressfull that I have ever encountered in my life. He is now a healthy, happy 7yo. The only side effect he suffered was hearing loss to one ear. Apart from that, he is so special to me as I was told he may not live through the night.
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@lynninky (491)
• United States
31 Mar 07
Knock on wood my son is and has always been okay.never been on the hospital and only to the ER once.thank god.I am so sorry for that child and your whole family. When I think of what you all went thur I feel lucky. That me child had good health. You know you never know what is going to happen when a child is born these days. It just seems some type of sickness is waiting around the corner. I hate it when babies/kids get sick. Then when it is something like that it just make eveyone there feel so helpless, you want to do something to help but nothing you can do. I know my stepson has had his time with the ear problems. He has had to have glands taking out of his neck , he liked the ice cream... now he has had migraines from age 7, plus having more things going on with the ears. They hurt during the winter and he has a lot of ear wax drainage. A couple I went to school with had a son and he was born with cancer of his eyes. he suffered for a long time with a lot of treatments but when he turned 4 his parents got him into a hospital in new york. They say he is all better now and in school.. Thank god your child is okay now. God Bless your family !!!
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• Australia
31 Mar 07
Thanks for your comments. I will be forever grateful to all the medical staff that saved my baby. There was a little girl aged 2 that was also there, but sadly the disease took hold and she passed away.
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@judyt00 (3500)
• Canada
31 Mar 07
Pneumonia. Both my daughters were hospitalized for more than a week 12 years apart,with severe pneumonia. they were locked into oxygen tents inside their cribs and we weren't supposed to take them out without a nurse present. Next I think was when my oldest went to hospital because she was showing symptoms of a stroke after having her first baby. Turns out it was a calcium toxicity from drinking 6 to 8 quarts of milk every day for years.
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• Australia
31 Mar 07
My Gosh!! I have never heard of calcium toxicity from drinking milk. How old was your daughter then? I drink about 2 litres of milk a day, but I thought it would just make my bones stronger for my later years.
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@cyntrow (8524)
• United States
1 Apr 07
My baby was born with a bone disease called Craniosynististos. It's a condition in which the membranes of the skull fuse prematurely causing the skull to not grow. Mostly it is usually aesthetic, but in some cases, the brain will actually outgrow the skull causing developmental problems. We elected for surgery. Generally such surgeries are done within 12 to 18 months. She didn't have her surgery until she was nearly three, because our insurance didn't want to cover what they called a "Cosmetic procedure." After the surgeon contacted the insurance company, they agreed to pay. She was in the hospital for 5 days and I was there with her. The surgery went well. They cut the skull and pulled it down past her face, then they proceeded to fix the deformities. 3 years later, she is doing excellent and the membranes haven't closed again, which is a possibility for many cranio patients. It is the hardest thing to be a parent of a seriously ill child. Kids don't know what's wrong with them. By day 2, Taylor's eyes had swelled shut and she couldn't see me. She could only hear my voice and she would talk to me. Finally, I could set her on my lap as we watched the movies that were available at the children's ward of Johns Hopkins hospital. Even though she couldn't see the screen, she lit up when she heard the songs of "Barney" and "The Wiggles." I'm happy to say that she is happy and healthy now and has little recollection of her time in the hospital. She can only remember hearing "Barney" and "The Wiggles." And she remembers her older siblings bringing her presents.
• Australia
1 Apr 07
Hooray for modern technology these days. Where would we be without it. Did they detect this during an ultrasound or not until the baby was born? It sounds like your daughter recovered very quick after the surgery finally went ahead. Hopefully, she will be ok from now onwards. Thanks for responding.
@cyntrow (8524)
• United States
1 Apr 07
Actually, when she was three or four months old, my husband and I noticed that her head was big. Not a usual big, but, frankly she looked like frankenstien, but cute. Our pediatrician suggested that it might be from lying her on her back, which we are all told to do. The name was "positional" something and he suggested we turn her occasionally during naps and in the night and see what developed. We started fighting with the ins company when she was 9 months old and didn't get it resolved until she was 2 years old. Like I said, she's five now and her life is good. She was a less serious case of this condition. She only had one membrane closed prematurely, thank God. Many children have three to 4 membranes closed. Their road is much more difficult.
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@bad1981 (799)
• United States
1 Apr 07
My son had RSV and Pneumonia when he was 7 months old and talk about scary because I had no clue how he even got that. He went from a happy bouncing baby to a crabby sleepy not wanting to wake sick baby with 104 fever. I now have a 3 month old daughter that hasnt been sick yet, knock on wood and i hope she doesnt get that sick this young.