Seizures occur when there is an abnormal electrical discharge in the nerve cells of the brain. Characteristics depend upon the location and passageway of the electrical discharge. Generalized seizures are classified by type. Here is a brief description of types of seizures we think parents need to know about.
Absence seizures usually happen at first during childhood. They are so brief it appears the child is not paying attention for a few seconds. Absence seizures consist of brief periods of altered consciousness and come on without warning. The child “blacks out” for 5-6 seconds. May complain of “lost time”.
Parents should watch for: blinking eyes, staring into space, slight movements of facial muscles, arms or legs.
Myo means muscle and clonic means contractions. One of the most difficult types of seizures to control, the child will experience sudden, massive muscle jerks that could involve the total body or just certain parts. The seizures occur in clusters, often with many occurring at the same time.
Tonic Clonic Seizures
Formerly called grand mal, tonic clonic are the most common types of seizures. They usually demonstrate at about 12 years of age. After the initial stiffening (tonic) the child’s muscles quickly and repeatedly go from relaxation to contraction (clonic). During recovery or postictal stage, child may sleep from 30 minutes to several hours.
Parents can observe for: child falling stiffly to the floor if they were standing, contractions of chest and diaphragm muscles at same time, jaws and hands clenched, pupils dilated and may stop breathing or turn blue.
A means without and tonic means tone. Between 2-5 years of age, these seizures are a.k.a. drop attacks. Legs collapse and child falls face down. Uncontrolled fall is common source of injuries. Loss of consciousness from 10 seconds to one minute is common.
After The Seizure
The Ouchie Cap will help cool the brain down following any types of seizure. The two non-toxic gel packs may be stored in the freezer until needed. This natural aid will not cure seizures, but will provide comfort to your child.
BTW: Epileptic seizures in children could be Dravet Syndrome. You’ll want to have a look at our post: