Thanksgiving weekend my 20 month old DS had gone upstairs to play by himself while we said goodbye to the grandparents. DS was upstairs playing 5-10 minutes. My DH and other 2 children were already back in the house when I came back inside. I called to my DS and he started crying like there was something wrong. I ran upstairs to find him laying in the middle of his floor, belly-down with his head turned to the right. I thought he had fallen asleep and I had woken him up. I picked him up and layed him in his crib and could tell right away something was wrong. He couldn't move his left arm at all. My DH took off his shirt thinking maybe he had hurt his arm or dislocated it. Nothing. While I was on the phone with 911 my DH set our DS on the floor and he immediately fell to the left. So we knew his left leg was affected as well.
When the paramedics arrived I told them he has a left-side facial droop as well. I said, it looks like he's had a stroke! Paramedics took him to the hospital and the doctors initially thought he'd had a seizure.
CAT scan revealed nothing. MRI revealed a stroke. The doctors said he'd had a stroke that was deep in his brain on the right side. It wasn't due to trauma or anything like that. They did a lot of tests including blood tests and an ultrasound of his heart. They never were able to give us a definitive answer but simply said they believed that the vein where it happened collapsed and had healed itself.
Our DS spent a week in the PICU and pediatric ward and then another week in the Neuro Rehab Unit. He's still not 100% and is getting in-home PT and OT therapies. He's doing great though! He has hyper-sensitivity to that side and we won't know for sure how that will affect him until he gets older.
When we tell people everyone says they've never heard of anyone so young of having a stroke and neither had DH or I! Just wanted others to know that it can happen and what to look for:
-limp arm and leg (all on one side)
-facial droop (corner of one side of the mouth droops downward)
-not acting like themselves
If your child has any of these symptoms, call 911 immediately!!! Don't try to take them to the hospital yourself! All experts agree that with a stroke, time is everything. A delay in treatment can be very bad.
This isn't to make anyone fearful at all. I just would like to help arm other moms out there with knowledge.
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Thanks for the info. I hope he continues to overcome this.
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