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early signs of epilepsy in children

A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jeffrey Cohen
34 years experience Neurology
For seizures: Some are at risk for epilepsy- major head trauma, stroke, brain infection, strong family history are risks. Some get warnings of seizure: funny smell ... Read More
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Dr. Hanul Bhandari
13 years experience Sleep Medicine
See below: Great question. The epilepsy foundation has a good link on that: http://www.Epilepsy.Com/get-help/managing-your-epilepsy/understanding-seizures-and-em ... Read More

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A 33-year-old female asked:
Dr. Johanna Fricke
50 years experience Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics
Absence seizures can: Impact a child' s attention, behavior ; learning, even when controlled on medication. Request a " section 504" at school for any needed accommodations ... Read More
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A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Thomas Riney
37 years experience Pediatrics
Many symptoms: Infants can present with eye deviation, lip smacking, bicycling motions, extremity twitching.....Older kids can present with school problems, staring ... Read More
Dr. Diane Stein
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Seizures in children: Seizures vary; little stares that stop them during "preferred" activities, sudden yucky smell / taste , or convulsions. Convulsion maybe whole body or ... Read More
A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. William Goldie
48 years experience Pediatric Neurology
Complex question: Infants are prone to episodic events. Breath holding, startles, sudden vomiting, stiffening and jerking especially during sleep - all of these have a ... Read More
A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Hanul Bhandari
13 years experience Sleep Medicine
Not necessarily: It depends on what you truly experience. In its true sense, hypnic jerks are not related to epilepsy. But many people mistake hypnic jerks for myoclon ... Read More
A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Bennett Machanic
52 years experience Neurology
?nocturnal events?: Myoclonic jerks upon falling asleep are well within the normal range of behavior and do not signify epilepsy. Such jerks while asleep may be true noc ... Read More
A 50-year-old female asked:
Dr. Greg Hinson
27 years experience Family Medicine
Varies...: Like adults with seizure disorders, some kids have auras, which can be a twitch, nausea, a tingling feeling, funny vision or speech, headache--it vari ... Read More
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A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jay Park
Dr. Jay Park answered
50 years experience Pediatrics
None: All the antiepiletic drugs(aed) have a potential to cause birth defect(s). The risk can be minimized by monotherapy instead of multiple combination, ... Read More
A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Matthew Gold
46 years experience Neurology
Birth defects: Depakote blocks Folic Acid and leads to developmental defects as the developing fetus' cells try to form nerve and skeletal organs. Spina bifida and f ... Read More
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A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Andrew Reeves
30 years experience Neurology
Good Research: There is good research on the risks of various seizure medications during pregnancy. A full discussion is beyond the scope of Health Tap. Risks are hi ... Read More

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