How do I know if my child has absence seizures?
What are the symptoms of absence seizures?
- Being very still.
- Smacking the lips or making a chewing motion with the mouth.
- Fluttering the eyelids.
- Stopping activity (suddenly not talking or moving)
- Suddenly returning to activity when the seizure ends.
What does absence seizures look like?
Typical Absence Seizures
The person suddenly stops all activity. It may look like he or she is staring off into space or just has a blank look. The eyes may turn upwards and eyelids flutter. The seizures usually last less than 10 seconds.
What age do children grow out of absence seizures?
These syndromes may also cause other types of seizures. Childhood absence epilepsy begins at age five or six and usually goes away once the child is an adult. Juvenile absence epilepsy starts when the child is around 12 years old, and may continue for the rest of the child’s life.
How often do kids have absence seizures?
Absence seizures look like staring spells. They can happen up to 100 times a day.
How do you trigger an absence seizure?
There is no known cause for absence seizures, but they do tend to run in families. Like all seizures, they’re the result of abnormal electrical or chemical activity in the brain. Hyperventilation or flashing lights may be triggers, but there may be no such identifiable triggers.
Do absence seizures happen every day?
Absence seizures can happen more than 100 times each day. Absence seizures usually do not cause serious health problems. Some people also develop another type of seizure called a tonic-clonic seizure. This is a seizure that causes convulsions.
Do you grow out of absence seizures?
Absence seizures usually can be controlled with anti-seizure medications. Some children who have them also develop other seizures. Many children outgrow absence seizures in their teens.
Do absence seizures get worse over time?
Children with absence seizures often outgrow the condition. Absence seizures can continue, however. Some patients progress to longer or more intense seizures.
What is a staring spell?
They are caused by a temporary spark of abnormal electrical activity in the brain. During the seizure, the child will stop what she’s doing and stare ahead. She may stay still during the event, or make chewing or smacking noises with her mouth.
Can anxiety cause absence seizures?
Research has also shown that even in people without epilepsy, stress and anxiety can trigger what’s known as psychogenic nonepileptic seizures (PNES), or pseudoseizures.