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UNDERSTANDING SEIZURES IN CHILDREN
Seizures in children can be triggered by a variety of causes such as infections or brain injuries, but in many instances, the cause may not be known. However, knowing the warning signs and symptoms of a seizure and how to treat it is vital.
TYPES OF SEIZURES
Many types of seizures occur in children, but they all have similar signs and symptoms. Some of these include febrile seizures, neonatal seizures, generalized seizures, partial seizures, and movement seizures. One of the most common types of seizures in children is known as an absence seizure. This type shows no physical signs except that the child seems to have dazed off or is just staring into space.
SIGNS AND SYMPTOMS OF A SEIZURE
The signs and symptoms of a seizure all depend on what type the child has; however, some general signs are the most common.
Here are some general signs of a seizure that might be observed in children.
- A decrease in alertness
- Changes in movement
- Whole-body muscle spasms
- Body stiffening
HOW TO TREAT A CHILD HAVING A SEIZURE
If your child is showing signs of a seizure, the first thing to do is make sure your child is in a safe position, which is lying down on their back. Next, make sure the child is breathing and seek emergency help immediately.
CONTACT A MONMOUTH COUNTY NEUROLOGIST
If your child suffers from epileptic seizures, there are many options available to manage episodes. Having an experienced neurologist on your side can ensure a treatment plan that’s right for your child and for their type of seizure and epilepsy that can help limit its occurrences.
Contact Amor Mehta MD – Neurology Center for Epilepsy & Seizures, LLC today at (732) 800-4587 to learn how we can help you care for your loved one, as well as assist with the prevention and limitation of seizure occurrences.