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September 8, 2007

Behavior

Question from Goodyear, Arizona, USA:

My three-year-old son had a hypoglycemic seizure about two weeks ago. Afterwards, he kept saying that he was seeing someone and they were going to get him. The next morning, I contacted his endocrinologist and they changed his Lantus from 12 units to 10 units and said he will be okay. But, since then, he has continued to say that he's scared and that there are people in the house. He will not go to a room by himself or even sit in a room alone to watch t.v. He refuses to leave my side. Could this have something to do with the seizure that he had?

Answer:

It is not uncommon for young children to remain frightened after a hypoglycemic episode. That was scary for him and for you! Please reassure him, let him know that you have always kept him safe, and that you will always do so. If he needs a few extra hugs for another week or two, that’s okay. Just don’t let him stop doing things independently that he was able to do before.

You may also want to get him some books for preschoolers around fears. If your Library has a Children’s Librarian, she can recommend a bunch of great ones. One I like is entitled: There’s a Nightmare in my Closet, by Mercer Mayer. Reading books about things like this sometimes helps children conquer their fears.

JWB
Additional comments from Dr. Larry Deeb:

My best guess is that it’s coincidence. What you describe is not uncommon for a three year old anyway. Did the seizure precipitate his reaction? A thunderstorm might, too. Something frightens and rightly so and then the problem is transferred for a while. Parents must provide assurance that they are there and all is well.

LD