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What are the tests for neonatal seizures?

What are the tests for neonatal seizures?

Evaluation: Evaluation includes the observation of the episodes by nurses and physicians, an electroencephalogram (EEG), and neuroimaging (head ultrasound, MRI). there are tests of blood chemistries, blood tests and lumbar puncture to determine if an infection is causing the seizures. ...Read more

Dr. Cristina Carballo
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Neonatal Seizures (Definition)

Seizures or convulsions that occurs in infants under one month of age. The most common cause of neonatal seizures is hypoxic ischemic encephalopathy or HIE. HIE is a brain injury that occurs with a lack of oxygen. Neonatal seizures can be focal, limited to one part of the body, or generalized, ...Read more


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What are the symptoms of neonatal seizures?

What are the symptoms of neonatal seizures?

See below: Partial seizure episodes, rhythmic movement of arms or legs. They do not get generalized seizures. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: Neonatal seizures?

Neonatal seizures: Seizures or convulsions that occurs in infants under one month of age. The most common cause of neonatal seizures is hypoxic ischemic encephalopathy or HIE. HIE is a brain injury that occurs with a lack of oxygen. Neonatal seizures can be focal, limited to one part of the body, or generalized, occur on entire body. ...Read more

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Is there a correlation between abnormally large head circumference and an increased chance of neonatal seizures?

Is there a correlation between abnormally large head circumference and an increased chance of neonatal seizures?

Increased pressure: Head circumferences that increase rapidly (can be followed on the head circumference growth chart) can be associated with neonatal seizures if increased intracranial pressure is present. ...Read more

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My one year boy had a episode of loc, his doctor diagnosed him for seizure due to occipital gliosis (due to neonatal hypoglycemia), is that curable?

My one year boy had a episode of loc, his doctor diagnosed him for seizure due to occipital gliosis (due to neonatal hypoglycemia), is that curable?

Cure epilepsy?: If your child has only 1 episode of loss of consciousness (? A seizure), a normal eeg, the risk of recurrence is somewhat higher than 50%. I do not have enough information to understand the significance of the mri.
Studies have shown if a child with a seizure disorder goes from 2 to 4 years free of seizures, up to 70% will not have a recurrence when medication is weaned. ...Read more

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What should I do if my newborn has a seizure?

What should I do if my newborn has a seizure?

Call doctor or 911: Seizures in newborn infants are not common, and could signal a serious condition. Signs of seizures in your newborn include lip smacking, eye or lip twitching, eye deviation, and arms and leg rigidity. If any of these happen, call your doctor or 911, since you don't know how long the seizure will last. Causes of newborn seizures include infections, low sugar, and certain genetic conditions. ...Read more

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How common are fever-related seizures in newborns?

How common are fever-related seizures in newborns?

Rare: The age range for febrile seizure is normally considered to be 6 months to 6 years of age. ...Read more

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If my older child had febrile seizures should I expect my newborn to have them, too?

If my older child had febrile seizures should I expect my newborn to have them, too?

No, but...: If a sibling has experienced febrile seizures, it is more likely the other siblings will have them, but it is still a rather uncommon occurrence, and though it is scary to experience it should not be considered to be a sign of something ominous. Good luck! ...Read more

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Can subtle seizures in a newborn be caused by HSV 2?

Can subtle seizures in a newborn be caused by HSV 2?

Very unlikely: If the child had obvious neonatal herpes within a month of age (he would have been extremely ill), residual brain damage could result in seizures at age 1 year. But that's much too late for a herpes infection to be the direct cause of seizures. Of course the child should be carefully checked by his pediatriican, but I see no reason for concern about herpes. ...Read more

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Symptoms of a seizure in newborn, how it is different from REM sleep?

Variable!: Normal birth and delivery? If in doubt discuss with your pediatrician new born has very prolonged periods of rem, seizures are short lived events, as a rule? ...Read more

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My 2 week newborn sometime breaths heavily and gasps for air and his eyes move around is this a seizure?

My 2 week newborn sometime breaths heavily and gasps for air and his eyes move around is this a seizure?

Immature neurology: Newborns neurological systems are not mature for several months. During that time, it is not unusual to see unusual eye movements. I would recommend an evaluation by his pediatrician concerning his breathing difficulties. ...Read more

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Can a seizure in a newborn baby cause bone fracture in any parts of the body?

Can a seizure in a newborn baby cause bone fracture in any parts of the body?

I've never seen it: Most seizure activity in newborns is not as violent or intense as that of adults since the nervous system is not wired up & complete.Infant seizures are more likely to appear as brief tremors or lip smacking. The most common fracture in newborns is the clavicle, which is related to the trauma of delivery. Other fx's would be cause to look for brittle bone disease or trauma. ...Read more

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Can fevers cause seizures in children?

Can fevers cause seizures in children?

Yes: Febrile seizures occur if their is rapid rise of fever, in some kids. ...Read more

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How often do seizures in children come from pvl?

How often do seizures in children come from pvl?

Unknown: The actual relationship between periventricular leukomalacia and seizures is unknown. While it is true that acute brain injury may often manifest with seizures, pvl is something we often see long after the seizures themselves have stopped, although both the seizures and the pvl may have the same underlying cause. Once pvl is discovered, the risk of subsequent seizures is about 20%. ...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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What causes seizures in children at the age of 21 months?

What causes seizures in children at the age of 21 months?

Many things: Seizures in children can be caused by fever, by genetic causes of epilepsy, by metabolic derangements during illness, and by structural lesions in the brain. Therefore a full workup is indicated in any child who has a first seizure. ...Read more

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What works for treating generalized seizures in children?

What works for treating generalized seizures in children?

Meds and diet: There are a handful of medications that work well for generalized seizures. These are generally started one at a time, but sometimes multiple meds are required to control seizures. There are also other therapies, including the ketogenic diet, which is a high fat, low carbohydrate and adequate protein diet. There are other dietary therapies such as the modified atkins diet. ...Read more

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Can you tell me about children experiencing sleep "seizures?

Can you tell me about children experiencing sleep "seizures?

Many types / causes: Nocturnal seizures can occur in many different genetic and symptomatic epilepsy syndrome. Most seizures are more likely to occur in sleep. Any specifics? ...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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Does your service treat children that already have diagnosis and medication history for mental health and seizures?

Does your service treat children that already have diagnosis and medication history for mental health and seizures?

Wrong site: The public Healthtap site is an information center. We do not diagnose or treat any medical condition. That disclaimer is provided within the site materials. There is a separate paid concierge service called Healthtap Prime that offers some services when they can reasonably be done online. Check site details for information. ...Read more

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Children with cp. Pda. Hie, seizures n arching of the body, feeding problems, what to do?

Children with cp. Pda. Hie, seizures n arching of the body, feeding problems, what to do?

Epilepsy Clinic: Long term management through your local (or a referral) neurologist is in order. Quality of life issues for the patient and care givers need to be addressed and properly managed. ...Read more

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Can glutamate sensitivity be genetic? Both myself and my children have problems with foods all high in glutamates.. causing seizures, ADD, diarrhoea

Can glutamate sensitivity be genetic? Both myself and my children have problems with foods all high in glutamates.. causing seizures, ADD, diarrhoea

Very likely: However lots and lots of people can be allergic to it without even knowing!! Avoid MSG and read labels carefully. If eating at a restaurant call ahead to make sure if they use MSG in their kitchen. See link below

http://www. Msgtruth. Org/why. Htm ...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.

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?

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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Do grand mal seizures cause brain damage in children?

Do grand mal seizures cause brain damage in children?

Seizure: A seizure may already be due to an underlying brain condition. On the other hand uncontrolled seizure can cause brain damage as well. ...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. Hamid Sajjadi
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Neonatal (Definition)

The term neonatal is generally used to describe events that occur with an infant within the first 30 days after birth. Some practitioners are looser with the definition & extend the ...Read more