There are many types of seizures. The behaviour, symptoms, risk of injury and treatment depend on the type of seizure a child has. Children can have one, more than one or a combination of seizures. The following are some of the common types of seizures in children:
Generalized seizures affect the whole brain. Generalized tonic-clonic seizures are the most common type of seizures.
Partial seizures affect only a part of the brain. During a typical partial seizure, the child is aware of what is happening, but cannot control it. It is associated with uncontrolled body movements, sudden anger and fear, stomach pain, strange taste or smell sensation.
Petit Mal Seizures or Absence seizures are often confused with daydreaming or not paying attention.
Atonic and tonic seizures also called drop attack seizures are when a child suddenly collapses (loses consciousness and awareness) and falls. These seizures can cause head injuries.
Complex seizure: During a complex seizure – the child scream, make odd body movements, chew, stare, run or even see things. The seizure can occur during sleep as well. The child is often confused or frightened.
Childhood seizures are usually brief events, which are controllable, but there are some seizures that are often serious. Which means they may prolong and persist and are associated with developmental delay or intellectual disability.
Majority of children with epilepsy gain complete control of their seizures as they grow into adults, but some children may outgrow their seizures and have seizures that continue into adulthood.
Most of the seizures last a few minutes, but when they last longer or when they occur one after another (recurrent seizures), there is a cause for concern – as it increases the risk of status epilepticus – a life-threatening seizure. If you notice that your child is experiencing a prolonging seizure or recurrent seizures, then it is better to see an epilepsy specialist doctor in Hyderabad. To know more about Epilepsy (seizures), click the following link