When the child is having the seizure, he is unaware of what is going on during the episode but quickly returns to full awareness once it has stopped but may be momentarily confused. Having seizure may result in learning difficulties if not recognized and treated. After a seizure, the child may be sleepy, confused, suffer memory loss, or have difficulty paying attention. Your child may not even know they had a seizure because seizures usually interfere with memory. In some cases the child takes multiple seizure medications but continues to have breakthrough seizures daily and some of the seizures are severe. Akinetic seizures, which cause the child to fall, also are called drop attacks. Grand mal seizures cause a child to pass out while his body becomes stiff and jerks.
SIMPLE PARTIAL (Also called Jackonsonian or Sensory) will not cause the loss of consciousness in children. A child may suddenly collapse and fall. A child having an absence seizure will usually lose consciousness briefly. A child who has febrile seizures has a 2.5% lifetime risk of developing a seizure disorder. A child who has partial seizures will not lose consciousness. A child having a seizure is almost sure to fall. A child with epilepsy, seizure disorder or any other condition in which seizures are present, must have a health care and emergency plan at school. A child needs to take his medicine exactly as directed for it to work effectively.
The child may show different symptoms depending upon which area of the brain is involved. If the abnormal electrical brain function is in the occipital lobe (the back part of the brain that is involved with vision), the child’s sight may be altered. The child’s muscles are typically more commonly affected. The seizure activity is limited to an isolated muscle group, such as fingers or to larger muscles in the arms and legs. The child may also experience sweating, nausea, or become pale. The child should always wear a helmet with sports and bike riding (including in-line roller-skating, hockey, and skateboards). The child should also always have a buddy or adult supervision while swimming. Your child should have adult supervision when swimming in a pool/lake. Your child should wear a life jacket when swimming in the lake. Your child should not climb trees or climb to heights that are unprotected. 5. Your child should wear a bicycle helmet when on a tricycle, bicycle, or roller-blades.
In a child, whose brain is still developing , a mild reaction like mine could cause subtle neurological damage that would not become apparent right away. In a child with severe neuro-developmental disability, the existence of a seizure disorder at the time of a gastrostomy operation increases the risk of subsequently requiring an antireflux procedure by a factor of 4.
When a child or adult has never had a seizure before, the first seizure should be followed by a careful medical evaluation to help the doctor decide whether to recommend treatment with seizure-preventing drugs, or to wait and see whether it occurs again. The most important factor in deciding whether to begin drug treatment for a single seizure is the probability of further seizures. If the child has a series of convulsions, with each successive one occurring before he or she has fully recovered consciousness, or a single seizure lasting longer than 10 minutes, contact the child’s parent or guardian, or seek medical treatment if that is what has been agreed on. When a child is enrolled with a known seizure disorder, an Individual Health Plan (IHP) should be developed by the program in consultation with the child’s parents and with input from the child’s physician.
If a child has epilepsy, then his doctor may recommend using medications, which are generally called anti-epileptic drugs (AEDs). Because the child may need to take the medication for several years, it is important to choose an agent that is well tolerated. Factors to be considered include the patient’s age, underlying illnesses, other long-term medications, ability to comply with the dosing schedule, and the cost. How does your child feel and behave after they have had a seizure and how long does this last.