“Liip Smart Monitor will improve attendance time in epileptic children” (2/2)
Interview with Dr. Mª Ángeles Tormos Muñoz (Part 2)
We today’s post we continue with the second part of the interview with Dr. Mª Ángeles Tormos, specialist in pediatrics and pediatric neurology. In the part 1, she explained us what pediatric neurology is, as well as the febrile crisis and how to act towards one. In this second part of the interview, Dr. Mª Ángeles is going to answer even more doubts about febrile seizures, a particular topic that concerns parents, and she is also going to explains us how Liip Smart Monitor can help with this particular pathology, and as well with other neuropediatric pathologies.
Why are parents so concerned about the febrile seizures?
Febrile seizures concern parents in part because they are events that cannot be controlled, it is impossible to know when or where they will take place. In the other hand, they are associated to fever, and because they are more common in the early age, parents are afraid about the event occurring. That is why it is so important that parents get to know what are the febrile seizures and their prediction.
What is the risk of a child having another febrile seizure?
It is important to know the risk of relapse. We can see the risk in the percentages in relation to their age. When the first simple febrile seizure appears below the 12 months, the possible risk of relapse is of 50%. If the first one occurs when the child is at least 1 year old, the risk of having a second febrile seizure is of 30%. In children that have suffered more than one febrile seizure, the risk of having a new one is approximately a 50% of possibilities. More than half of relapses take place in between the 6 and 12 months after the first one.
Finally, the clinical trials have not demonstrated benefits in the prophylactic treatment in a patient with a febrile seizure. If there exists a concern about the risk of relapse, parents can have rescue medication at home, diazepam rectal or midazolam oral, that they will use in case the crisis lasts long.
What is the relation between the febrile seizure and the appearance of neurological problems?
It has not been proved that the simple febrile seizures cause any structural damage and no change has been observed in the academic results of these children. In despite of this, the risk is bigger if the patient has multiple febrile seizures, if there is a family history of epilepsy, the febrile seizures are complex or atypical, the duration is longer than 15 minutes, there was a low fever during the crisis, there exist previous neurology anomalies and the first febrile seizure took place under the age of 1.
In short, it is very important to explain to parents that although febrile seizures may cause anxiety, a febrile seizure is a benign and frequent process that affect 3 to 4 in a hundred children under 5 years old, that in most cases is a unique crisis, that do not usually have any neurological consequence and in most cases mortality is non-existent.
As you have told us, febrile seizures produce a lot of anxiety in parents, how can Liip Smart Monitor help with this problem?
As I have explained recently, febrile seizures are non-predictable events. Liip Smart Monitor will help us monitor children with febrile seizures history and also to avoid any future febrile seizure during the febrile process.
How can Liip Smart Monitor help with other neuropediatric pathologies?
Liip Smart Monitor is useful in order to monitor concrete physiologic changes that take place during the epileptic crisis.
Its use in patients with neuromuscular diseases and infantile cerebral palsy it is also interesting because they will present respiratory complications during their development, due to their clinical record and also because of the infections, that are more frequent.
The use of Liip will help us improve attendance time in these children and increase the knowledge of some pathologies that, as I have mentioned before, are some of the most frequent problems in the neuropediatric department.
What do you think about joining together technology and health in a device for babies?
Liip Smart Monitor’s ability to monitor the physiological changes that happen during the epileptic crisis that show the possible oxygen desaturation in blood and the emergence of tachycardia and bradycardia, makes it a system to integrate in the care of these children.
Will you recommend Liip Smart Monitor to your patients?
Recommending Liip to my patients is offering them a tool with which they can keep track of their pathology and know in a more individual way how to react in events such as febrile seizures so we can anticipate.
We hope both part 1 and part 2 of this interview with Dr. Mª Ángeles Tormos has been useful in order to get a close look to the pediatric neurology and know how some devices like Liip Smart Monitor can help you.
From Liip we want to answer a lot of issues that concern parents, especially when they are first-time parents. If you have any doubt, we will be pleased to help you!