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Epilepsy in a Child

Epilepsy is a condition that can affect children, causing repeated seizures. Seizures occur when there is a sudden surge of electrical activity in the brain. In a child with epilepsy, these seizures can happen repeatedly. 

Epilepsy can impact a child’s daily life, affecting their learning, behavior, and social interactions. It is important for parents and caregivers to work closely with doctors to manage epilepsy in children.

It is important for the child to receive a proper diagnosis from a healthcare professional and develop a treatment plan. With proper management and support, children with epilepsy can lead fulfilling lives.

What are the First Signs of Epilepsy in a Child? - Asian Neuro Centre

What are the First Signs of Epilepsy in a Child?

Symptoms of epilepsy in a child can vary, but they are primarily characterized by recurring seizures. Seizures occur due to abnormal electrical activity in the brain. Here are some common symptoms associated with epilepsy in children:

  • Some children may have a seizure where they suddenly fall down or pass out. Others might shake or jerk their arms and legs. Sometimes, their body can become stiff or rigid.
  • When a seizure happens, a child may seem like they are not aware of what’s happening around them. They might stare into space or make strange sounds. Some children may repeat words over and over again.
  • A child might lose control of their bladder or bowels. This means they could wet themselves or have a bowel movement.
  • A child may feel tired or weak. They might have a headache or feel dizzy. Sometimes, they might even fall asleep.

Seizures can vary in length. Some are short, lasting only a few seconds, while others can go on for a few minutes. If a child has epilepsy, they might have seizures regularly or only once in a while.

If you see a child experiencing any of these symptoms, it’s important to tell a grown-up right away. The child may need to see a doctor who can help diagnose epilepsy and find the right treatment. With proper care and support, kids with epilepsy can lead happy and healthy lives.


Dr. Navin Tiwari
Consulting Neurologist

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