Epilepsy In Children
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Epilepsy in children is considered as one of the most prevalent neurological condition which also affects the adult population to a great extent. It is marked by the occurrence of chronic seizures in a child without any provocation. These seizures take place due to excessive and abnormal neuronal activities in a child’s brain. Epileptic seizures can be controlled by proper medication though complete cure may not be achieved.

The good thing is that some variants of this syndrome are only limited to the childhood of a person. Epilepsy, as a matter of fact, should be understood as a group of syndromes with various symptoms. However all of them are linked with irregular electric activity that takes place in the brain of the victim.

This can occur to a child anytime after his or her birth. On an average estimate, this menace can affect one in every 200 children. It happens in children even in the developed nations. In fact epilepsy in children is quite a common disorder which requires immediate medical attention and proper rehabilitative treatment.

Types of Epilepsy In Children

Epilepsy in children can be classified into 40 categories. However, they fall under two major groups. The generalized types of seizures impact the entire brain. On the other hand, the Myoclonic seizures tend to impact one side of the victim’s brain. This again can be divided into simple or complex types. In the former a child remains conscious while in the latter he loses consciousness totally. Some of the complex seizure types are psychomotor seizures and temporal lobe epilepsy.

Causes of Epilepsy In Children

Surprising as it may sound, for 60% to 70% cases of Epilepsy in children there are no specific causes. However, the doctors point to some factors that have been found in the affected children. The malformation of a child’s brain can lead to seizures.

If the child’s brain is damaged due to some infection or if he suffers hemorrhage while being born he may become a prey to epilepsy later. Other suspects include low blood sugar levels, meningitis and encephalitis. A child can also become a victim of seizure due to his genetic attributes in some instances. Some doctors point to the genetic factor more than any other.

Usually, most types of seizures take place quickly. It has been observed that the children affected by these syndromes are extremely sensitive to change of light patterns such as flickering on the television.

Children who suffer from poisoning due to exposure to toxic chemicals can develop epilepsy later in their life.

Epilepsy In Children Symptoms

Since epilepsy can attack different parts of the human brain, its symptoms vary from one case to another. One of the most prevalent types of seizure in children called Tonic-clonic seizure starts with irritable and unusual attitude. Thereafter the muscles of the child are contracted and his body becomes stiffened. During this time his body can jerk violently. Following this the child can shriek and fall unconscious on the surface.

The seizure ceases to exist after a few minutes of the attack. After gaining consciousness the affected child may feel drowsy for some time and may also feel a desire to sleep. However, it should be noted that not every type of seizure will follow the symptoms in the aforesaid order. If nobody is around during the time of the seizure, the afflicted child may look vaguely and face difficulty in regaining full consciousness.

Though there is no single effective test for the diagnosis and confirmation of epilepsy some doctors recommend blood tests as well as brain scans.

Treatments of Epilepsy In Children

The main objective of the treatments of epilepsy in Children is to keep the afflicted child safe. Therefore, the children should be put into the best posture for quick recovery, and their dresses should be loosened. They should not be restrained forcibly. In some instances, the patients of seizures are prescribed anticonvulsant drugs.

In some of the complicated cases, brain surgery is also performed. Expert care is what the affected children need to be given. Unless proper medical intervention occurs this can turn out to be a serious malaise and cause complications in the later stage.

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when my sister is at 12 she had a major attack of epilepsy now she is 15 but during this time she had some minor attacks she had attack beetween appro 8 months ahe is also taking drugs she is selzic 300 is this right drug what i have to doo?? pls reply mee as soon as posible it is a importantant matter for my family
#1 - parth shah - 04/29/2009 - 07:20
What if the seizures are not controlled by Sod.valpr. and frisium in appr. doses? Which will be the next drug and in what dose? The patient is 4 yrs. old?
#2 - IKK - 06/18/2009 - 03:29
my son had 2 attacks but no positive result in mri or brain test what to do how to cure
#3 - meena - 08/18/2009 - 08:36
My son having attack everyday for 5-10 seconds since 4 months and only once he had 10 minutes attack. We have started treatment but no response so far. Can some one suggest which is the best treatment and where?? We are very dipressed and hopeless..
Please do help us
#4 - Dev - 10/15/2009 - 09:13
my nephew just had a epilepsy attack who is 4 yrs old, am doing some research about ,causes,preventions and symptons. the acces to all this information is good but the layout is poor. improve on that please. eg age, medication,information of treatment ect. and as family memebers of a person who suffers from epilepsy i urge you pray for your families insha allah!
#5 - yas - 11/20/2009 - 22:25
My 6 year old son fall down with the attack in last month in school
there were no syptems of epilepsy but the EEG report say there was a possibility of epilepsy to him what shall i do if we take the treatment i want to know about the draw backs and contra indications of the treatment
can any one help me
#6 - Baiju - 12/07/2009 - 04:28
My son does not get fits but has behaviour problems he often gets complaints from school I took him to a phychiatrist he advised me to take a EEG which was positive for bilateral epileptic syndrome I am unable to control him he never listens to anyone what shall i do

#7 - sushma - 03/11/2010 - 02:24
i am 17 now.i had my first attack when i was 12..then i went to the doctor.he gave me medicines to have like the tegrital and frisium.now i am fine as in i am not having any attacks but i have to continue the medicines for a long time..
#8 - shreya - 04/23/2010 - 07:28
my brother has epilepsy problem since he was just 6 mnths old..now he is 21.. and he behave like a 5 year old kid. we do whatevr suggested but did not saw any improvement. every report is fine MRI, ECG everythg. fit can come anytime day or night. and there is no specific interval between the two fits. smtimes fir cam hwen he is standing. suggest me smthg
#9 - neha - 09/10/2010 - 05:25
i just wanted to say everyone dat i also hav a problem of epilepsy n under medication.all the people plz be calm everyone will recover soon jus believe on wat u do,doctors n god.everything will be f9 n the thing which is written above is absoulutely correct...........tc cyaaaaaaaaa
#10 - troy wilson - 01/06/2011 - 08:45
my child had his first attack when he was 4 months old and he cries alot when he had the attack.i wonder if it is always like that with all children.
he did the ECG test which was negetive but he is still having the attack.
#11 - bernice - 01/07/2011 - 02:53
My son is 6.5yrs old.Last week when he suffering from fever he got the attach & EEG show some changes.One child docoter decided that as epilepsy.he gave him medicine to take next three years.Shouls I show my child to neurologists.will this medecine effect to is education.
#12 - Sumith - 01/11/2011 - 02:23
my son is about 9 yrs. he has complex partial seizure since his fifth birth day. we tried lamotrigine keppra but nothing could controlled it.presently he is given sodim valporate 200mg thrice along with lobazam 2.5mg. still his attack persists. is there any alternative for him? please do help me.
#13 - swapnadip - 02/25/2011 - 03:02
My son had epileptic attack since 2 to 6 years after 6 he did nt had the same he had taken phenobarbitone nw he s 25 do he need to take any precautions
#14 - Nazar - 03/14/2011 - 06:32
My 13 yr old daughter got some attack in Feb and April2011. She was in school both the time and feel uneasy and thrust and get Unconscious for 2-3 minutes .after that she wake up and feel headache and tired. then she sleep for a hour. i consult with doctor, he asked for CT Scan and Thyroid Test,the CT Scan report is normal.Doctorthink it is epilepsy. What to do?
#15 - soni_hemant - 04/07/2011 - 04:08
My son aged 2 yrs have epilepsy with symptom of frothing from the mouth followed by disorderly look. He has the family history of such disease and when they grown the disease disappeared. When consulted by a doctor, he directed me to avoid fever in my son which can follow epilepsy again. Sir please suggest a good remedy for this
#16 - manojkumar - 07/05/2011 - 20:32
My daugther in now 7yrs old.She have what they called Rolandiese epilepsy.The rigth side of her face go lum and want to she want vomet. It is for +/- 5 yrs now. She is now on 4 diffrend pills.We tryed tegratol,convelex,ospilot,tripilot. The blood levels show low convelex and she is on 1200mg a day,100mg ospilot and 900mg tripitol.Last option is brain gridding,I don't like. Is there someting els?
#17 - Jantjie Jansen - 07/29/2011 - 08:28
my daughter is now 12 years, weight 36 kg.ht 4'5",under medication sodium valproat 200mg(m)-300mg(n) for the past 3 year. she is affected since the age 1. After contineous medicine she get once in a year or 2. mostly the head is affected while in attack. when she get cold too much or the weather is like moisten she is affected. gets mild fever after attack.
pl. suggest the dose standards according to age.
#18 - tabasum - 08/14/2011 - 18:21
My son is now 7yrs old and has had absence seizures since he is a baby. He has been on several medication and nothing seems to be working (Keppra, lamictal, divalproex). I feel for him he is always tired, struggles at school and the medication changes his behaviour. I wish there was more awareness so these children could be intergrated/understood somewhat like what austism movements have done. We live in Canada and everytime I explain what my son suffers people are taken by surprise of the unknown...
#19 - Nat - 09/21/2011 - 14:11
My Doughter is two and half years old, I observed 2 fit withen one month,I am very upset, She is very important for my life, Is any permanent cure, CT scan is negative but EEG report says Epilepsy,plz help me
#20 - Sunny - 01/05/2012 - 08:50
my one year old grandaughter has diagnosed with epilepsy due to her birth as she spent 15 days in incubator.She rolls her eyes up during the seizure .I want to know how is this going to affect her mental state?
#21 - Sahar Abdel Azim Farrag - 01/16/2012 - 09:33
My dogtertjie het ook epelepsie(Rolandiese epelepsie) gehaat vir so 4 jaar. Alle pille en goed probeer. Dr. Buttler by Contancia Hospitaal in die Kaap het ons op ge-eindig met n brein operasie. Hy maak 300% seker voor hy sny.Was nie seker oor die operasie nie maar dit was die laste uit weg. Dit was Oktober 2011. Tot en met nou is alles weg,sy is n nuwe mens.Dankie Vader. E-mail my as iemand informasie soek oor die dokters.JansenJJ@hotmail.co.za
#22 - Jantjie Jansen - 01/19/2012 - 03:52
my colleague is suffring from epilepsy and ve been taking tegratol and phenobarbitone since two year with no inprovement,please do smthing fher,tangemjames@yahoo.fr
thanks
#23 - TANGEM JAMES - 03/26/2012 - 11:24
hey i play 24hrs games.when ever i sleep and see someone i get frightened and i feel like getting a shock what is this called can someone please tell me,i am in a big trouble so reply fast.
#24 - zaid - 05/13/2012 - 13:20
my daughter is 6yr she had a attack after2yr and in 1day she had a attack 3times fir few sec,bt blood test eeg,averything is normel,pls tell me wat shall we dofor cure,pls give me the suggesion in anushkagosh@yahoo.com
#25 - anushka ghosh - 09/04/2012 - 09:38
My son aged 3 yrs having eeg abnormal but ct scan normal. He remained unconsious three times for appx 10 minutes. Can you give me the suggestion what type of cureness he required what may be the actual problem. He does not speak but understand little bit.
#26 - Anil Thakur - 04/26/2013 - 00:39
I am 22 yr old girl i am suffering from focal epilepsy since i was 8.i am in my medication period since 14 yrs.although i get attack once in a year.can u tell how long i have to continue my medicine.
#27 - anjali priya - 07/13/2013 - 10:54
My son aged about 10 years having suffering from epilepy since 5 years, he remained unconsious twice morning and evening, sometimes in sleeping period at night attack also occurred, give me suggestion for his treatment and medicines and best doctors in India.
#28 - Anil Kumar Nirala - 07/25/2013 - 14:01
My son is 12 yrs old and suffering of cerebral palsy by birth, but at the age of 5 yrs old he felt
first attack by jerk, after that it has been repeated in the interval of one week to two week, but right now the frequency is twice a day, please suggest for the right medication as well as right treatment & training including appropriate doctor in india.
#29 - NAMO PANDIT - 08/28/2013 - 15:43
My brother suffering with abnormal muscle moments within some part of body or some time whole body,in 1 to 2 times in a day when he was 12 years. Now he is 22 years old. we consult with neurologist he diagnose with PKD.
He give him Selzic od 300 mg ,1 tab/day.
now he is good. My question is that how long that tab should he take.. This tablet causes bad skin problems on his face like pimples,acne. his face become bad.how should we care that? plz help me.email: princegore@gmail.com
#30 - Hritik Patel - 10/22/2013 - 02:56
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