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Hello
My niece is 18m she has had vomiting and diahrrea off and on for 5 months. She has stopped sleeping thorugh the night and will only sleep when her parents are near. Yesterday she woke up and can't walk. It seems to hurt her when they change her diaper. They took her to the ER and they ran some blood test and sent her home. Tonight she is now running a 102 fever she is still not walking and her legs are now shaking. I am really concerned. But they are 1st time parents and are unfortunatley listening to the docs and waiting it out.
Any ideas please I am soo worried. If feel time is of the essence hear but no one is doing anything!
Thanks so much:)
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replied July 26th, 2008
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I am not sure what is wrong with your niece, but I am moving your topic over to the parenting forum. Maybe the girls over there will have some advice. I dont have anything other that to take her back to the hospital because there is obviously something wrong with her.
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replied July 27th, 2008
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take her to a doctor (hospitals are notoious for the "its just the flu" responce) and DEMAND they either send her to specialists that will help or that they do tests. im my opinion she needs to see at least a gi for the vomiting and diarriah and a neurologist for the walking. she should probably get gi tests nurological test and if you ask me, metobolic/genetic tests. wqalking is a big thing and to loose that over night is a HUGE deal. my daughter has a suspected metobolic/mitochonderal disorder and she has many of the same symptoms. if you want further information on tests or specialists or my daughter pm me and we can talk easier that way (there are things i dont feel comfortable putting out on the public forums)

please do ANYTHING you can to get her parents to listen to you and get a second opinon, time very well could be of the essence and if something god forbid were to happen to her that would be a lot of guilt for her parents (and possibly you) to handle, its better to get things looked at and be told its nothing then to have something bad happen

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replied April 1st, 2009
My 2 year old woke up yesterday and could not walk
Yesterday my 2 year old could not walk....so I took him to the Dr. and they said he must have pulled a mucsle, give him Motrin, and he should be okay. This morning he is crying and I don't know what to do, because the Motrin and warm baths are not working.
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replied July 21st, 2010
my kid suddenly cant walk
My 20 month old was very cranky for two weeks and then started falling and then suddenly she couldn't walk anymore. The pediatrician thought she had Toxic synovitis (a condition affecting children that causes hip pain and limping). We didn't think that seemed right and after some discussion we went to a pediatric neurologist. The neurologist said she had Guillian Barre Syndrome. http://www.ninds.nih.gov/disorders/gbs/det ail_gbs.htm

It's a disorder in which the body's immune system attacks part of the peripheral nervous system. The first symptoms of this disorder include varying degrees of weakness or tingling sensations in the legs sometimes spreading to the arms and upper body. These symptoms can increase in intensity until certain muscles cannot be used at all and, when severe, the patient is almost totally paralyzed. In these cases the disorder is life threatening - potentially interfering with breathing and, at times, with blood pressure or heart rate - and is considered a medical emergency. Such a patient is often put on a respirator to assist with breathing and is watched closely for problems.

Luckily she didnt progress that quickly. We took her to the hospital, did a spinal tap to confirm the diagnosis and she had 4 days of intravenous immunoglobulins. She is stronger already. Thankfully most patients recover from even the most severe cases of Guillain-Barré syndrome. Its rare, especially in children, but the neurologist said he thinks it's under-diagnosed.
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