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What should you know about seizures in children?

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Your brain is made up of billions of nerve cells called neurons, which communicate with one another through tiny electrical impulses. A seizure occurs when a large number of the cells send out an electrical charge at the same time. This abnormal and intense wave of electricity overwhelms the brain and results in a seizure, which can cause muscle spasms, a loss of consciousness, strange behavior, or other symptoms. Anyone can have a seizure under certain circumstances. For instance, a fever, lack of oxygen, head trauma, or illness could bring on a seizure. People are diagnosed with epilepsy when they have seizures that occur more than once without such a specific cause. In most cases -- about seven out of 10 -- the cause of the seizures can't be identified. This type of seizure is called "idiopathic" or "cryptogenic," meaning that we don't know what causes them. The problem may be with an uncontrolled firing of neurons in the brain that triggers a seizure.

From: Seizures in Children WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES: Solomon L. Moshe, MD. Professor of Neurology, Neuroscience and Pediatrics, Director of Clinical Neurophysiology and Child Neurology at Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Bronx, New York; past president of the American Epilepsy Society. William R. Turk, MD. Division Chief, Department of Pediatrics, Division of Neurology, The Nemours Children's Clinic, Jacksonville, Florida. Freeman, J. et al. 2nd ed. 2002. National Information Center for Children and Youth with Disabilities web site. Nemours Foundation web site. Epilepsy Foundation web site. American Epilepsy Society web site. National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke web site. Epilepsy Foundation Entitled 2 Respect web site. Medscape Epilepsy Resource Center web site. Emedicine.com web site, "Status Epilepticus," March 28, 2005. WebMD Medical News: " "









Seizures and Epilepsy in Childhood: A Guide.Afraid Your Child Might Have Epilepsy?

Reviewed by Dan Brennan on July 19, 2019

SOURCES: Solomon L. Moshe, MD. Professor of Neurology, Neuroscience and Pediatrics, Director of Clinical Neurophysiology and Child Neurology at Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Bronx, New York; past president of the American Epilepsy Society. William R. Turk, MD. Division Chief, Department of Pediatrics, Division of Neurology, The Nemours Children's Clinic, Jacksonville, Florida. Freeman, J. et al. 2nd ed. 2002. National Information Center for Children and Youth with Disabilities web site. Nemours Foundation web site. Epilepsy Foundation web site. American Epilepsy Society web site. National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke web site. Epilepsy Foundation Entitled 2 Respect web site. Medscape Epilepsy Resource Center web site. Emedicine.com web site, "Status Epilepticus," March 28, 2005. WebMD Medical News: " "









Seizures and Epilepsy in Childhood: A Guide.Afraid Your Child Might Have Epilepsy?

Reviewed by Dan Brennan on July 19, 2019

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