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What are some symptoms of epilepsy in children?

What are some symptoms of epilepsy in children?

Many symptoms: Infants can present with eye deviation, lip smacking, bicycling motions, extremity twitching.....Older kids can present with school problems, staring episodes, or bite marks on inside of cheek from nightime seizures. ...Read more

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Dr. Andrew Reeves
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Epilepsy (Definition)

A neurological disorder where nerve cells of the brain are injured, epilepsy results in seizures that range from nearly undetectable to extremely vigorous. Epileptic seizures may occasionally result in loss of consciousness and confusion. Causes of epilepsy include genetics, head trauma, prenatal ...Read more


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What are the symptoms of epilepsy in children under 1?

What are the symptoms of epilepsy in children under 1?

Complex question: Infants are prone to episodic events. Breath holding, startles, sudden vomiting, stiffening and jerking especially during sleep - all of these have at times been considered, as a form of epilepsy. An accurate diagnosis and appropriate treatment is very important. Most infants do not need epilepsy medications, but the parents need to understand appropriate management from an infant specialist. ...Read more

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Which epilepsy medication doesn't affect unborn children?

Which epilepsy medication doesn't affect unborn children?

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, lowest effective amount of aed, and Folic Acid supplementation. Valproate has the highest potential to cause birth defect and should be avoided. ...Read more

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Epilepsy in children: how do children generally describe their auras? What descriptions do they use?

Epilepsy in children: how do children generally describe their auras?  What descriptions do they use?

Auras vary: if seizures from part of brain for smelling, will have weird smell; for taste, weird taste; for movement right arm, right arm movement w/o their control; and so on. If seizures spread to whole brain quickly they may stare, fall, convulse but they will not recall the seizure its self. We now call "aura"s partial seizures since they can occur without convulsion. ...Read more

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How can the epilepsy medication Depakote affect unborn children?

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 facial deformities, intellectual difficulties are among the problems seen. If possible, women of childbearing age should avoid this medication. Certainly all on it should take a Folic Acid supplement. ...Read more

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Can you tell me how the epilepsy medication Depakote affect unborn children?

Can you tell me how the epilepsy medication Depakote affect unborn children?

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 highest earlier in pregnancy. Discuss with your neurologist! ...Read more

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I have epilepsy and wanting children in the future what possible complications could a unborn child have (on epillim 2000mg)?

I have epilepsy and wanting children in the future what possible complications could a unborn child have (on epillim 2000mg)?

Valproate syndrome: In studies reported in the 80's and 90's infants exposed to valproate alone during pregnancy had a variety of issues. About a third showed a recognizable pattern of altered facial features, abnormalities in the formation of the heart, and occasional cleft lip or meningomyelocele. Growth and mental deficiencies were also seen occasionally. ...Read more

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I'm wanting to have children when i'm a bit older but i'm on epillim 2000mg for my epilepsy will I have to come off it during pregnacy?

Complex. : It is a complex question. It depends yon many factors, and the research is ever-evolving (there was a recent study about valproic acid, for example). You should talk with your epilepsy doctor. ...Read more

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I am looking for more information related to hippocampus malformation, dva, and generalized epilepsy in children and how all can affect the child.

I am looking for more information related to hippocampus malformation, dva, and generalized epilepsy in children and how all can affect the child.

Complex; Descriptive: Like most diagnoses, hippocampus malformation, developmental venous abnormality = catch all labels for variations in anatomy, ; epilepsy for a behavior. I commend your working on learning. Epilepsy is never good, strongly correlates with ?ed life problems, ?er performance short;long term, thus support ; confront all issues you can find, including psychogenic ; seek a neurologist worthy your trust. ...Read more

Dr. William Singer
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Seizure Disorder (Definition)

Seizure disorder also known as epilepsy, is a neurological condition in which the brain's abnormal electrical activity causes muscular convulsions and altered mental states. Epilepsy is diagnosed when an individual has ...Read more


Dr. Andrew Reeves
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Epileptic Seizures (Definition)

Epileptic seizures are a clinical finding in which a person with a known seizure disorder (epilepsy) has a seizure (repeated, uncontrolled movement ...Read more