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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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Epileptic Seizures (Definition)

Epileptic seizures. Per Mayo Clinic "Epilepsy is a central nervous system disorder (neurological disorder) in which nerve cell activity in the brain becomes disrupted, causing seizures or periods of unusual behavior, sensations and sometimes loss of ...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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My aunt(from dad side)'s daughter&my little brother both have had history with seizures.Is it hereditary? Are my future children at risk for epilepsy?

My aunt(from dad side)'s daughter&my little brother both have had history with seizures.Is it hereditary? Are my future children at risk for epilepsy?

Consult neurologist: There are many reasons for seizures to manifest in children .Some of them may be hereditary .There are different type of seizures ,some hereditary others are not .These two children may or may not be getting same type .Consult neurologist about these children ,he can examine and explain about the risk of epilepsy in your children . ...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

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Is there a connection between brain surgery for epilepsy and bad behavior in children?

Is there a connection between brain surgery for epilepsy and bad behavior in children?

Yes: Certain conditions can predispose children to epilepsy while also causing behavior disturbances. An example of this is hypothalamic hamartomas in which children exhibit laughing seizures while also having behavior disturbances. After brain surgery, children can behave "badly" but this is more a response to being ill than caused by surgery. ...Read more

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What are appropriate toys for children with epilepsy? My 8 month-old nephew has epilepsy, which causes him to have seizures. I would like to get him some toys for christmas, but i don't know what would be appropriate or safe.

Same as other 8mo.: The regular toys for infants in this age group are the same. Most 8mo do not do not have the motor skills or control to use the type of toys an older kid with epilepsy might get into trouble with. (bicycles, skateboards, etc.). ...Read more

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If I have epilepsy which causes grand mal tonic clonic seizures, does that mean i shouldn't have children?

Not necessarily: Partly depends on the cause of your seizures. Speak to your neurologist to determine if you have an epilepsy syndrome that might be inherited. With that information, you can make a decision. there are medications that can be taken during pregnancy that may control your seizures without endangering a fetus. your neurologist should have that information. ...Read more

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Epilepsy, pregnancy i want to have children, my partner had epilepsy , he is claiming that when he was 10 years old he was cured by going to church and it is about 32 years that he doesn't have epilepsy and deosnt use dlantin and tegretol, he also claimed

Epilepsy, pregnancy i want to have children, my partner had epilepsy , he is claiming that when he was 10 years old he was cured by going to church and it is about 32 years that he doesn't have epilepsy and deosnt use dlantin and tegretol, he also claimed

He's wrong: Epilepsy isn't always a cut-and-dried diagnosis. If your partner really did have epilepsy, he wasn't cured in church. He grew out of his epilepsy. It happens all the time with primary generalized epilepsy; rarely if ever with partial epilepsy. ...Read more

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I need detailed information & signs & symptoms of absence seizure disorder in children? How does it affect their daily lives?

I need detailed information & signs & symptoms of absence seizure disorder in children? How does it affect their daily lives?

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. .If sunlight precipitates them, wearing a large-brimmed hat when outside may help. The child should be monitored while swimming or on playground equipment.See https://www.Epilepsy.Com, the epilepsy foundation for facts ; resources. ...Read more

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What is epilepsy?

What is epilepsy?

Risk for seizures: Epilepsy is a clinical condition of a risk for seizures. Most common is symptomatic epilepsy in which a scar focus or metabolic disorder or genetic condition is the cause. Many epilepsies are called ideopathic because no definite cause can be found. Detailed history, thorough neurological examination, eeg, brain imaging, and genetic and metabolic evaluations may be appropriate. ...Read more

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Epilepsy or syncope?

Epilepsy or syncope?

Common dilema: Whether an event is a seizure or syncope is a common question. You have had part of an evaluation for epilepsy. What needs to be done is see a cardiologist and have a tilt table study for syncope. ...Read more

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What causes epilepsy?

Brain hyperexcitable: The exact cause & mechanism may be unknown most of the time. Conditions such as cerebral infarct, brain tumor, increased intracranial pressure b/c of any reason, infection of the brain or meninges of brain, metabolic disturbances, eg. Hypoglycemia, electrolyte abnormalities, head injury causing concussion or coupe contrecoup brain injury, aneurysms or a/v malformation, benign increase in icp, etc. ...Read more

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What causes epilepsy?

Brain attacks: Epilepsy is a clinical condition of a risk for seizure events. It affects at least 1.5 percent of adults. Causes include genetics, brain injury, drug toxicity, metabolic disorders, cancer, stroke, degenerative diseases, etc. Up to 30 percent have no definite cause. ...Read more

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What causes epilepsy?

Abnormal nerves: epilepsy is due to a group of nerves in the brain firing out of synchrony with the normal, firing nerves in the brain. can be caused by scar tissue in the nerves caused by any type of trauma, such as stroke, head injury, brain tumor, or some people for some reason are born with it. some theorize that people with epilepsy are born with the propensity to have abnormally firing nerves. ...Read more

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How to cure epilepsy?

How to cure epilepsy?

Possible but unusual: Epilepsy seems best addressed if a surgical procedure deals with a focal temporal lobe lesion. Cortical lesions are much less responsive. Other than excision of affected lesion area, the more diffuse problems are not really curable and only hope is to control with meds or vagal nerve stimulators. ...Read more

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Is epilepsy inherited?

Is epilepsy inherited?

Occasionally: There are different forms of epilepsy. Usually, you don't see epilepsy in the offspring of epileptics, although, there exists an increased risk for those born of an epileptic. ...Read more

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How to clear epilepsy?

Broad: This is a rather broad question. There are many ways to treat epilepsy and it can be quite complex to evaluate and treat the right way. Sometimes cures can be achieved as well if the assessment is individualized and done properly. Would be happy to provide a virtual consult and go over your particular case. ...Read more

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. Causes of epilepsy include genetics, head trauma, prenatal ...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