Magazine article Working Mother

Could It Be Epilepsy?

Magazine article Working Mother

Could It Be Epilepsy?

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Most children don't experience seizures-but if they do happen they can be scary. Still, they don't have to be cause for alarm. They can range from mild (a simple head drop or spasm, rolling of the eyes or fluttering of the eyelids, body stiffening or momentary unresponsiveness) to dramatic (walking in circles, mumbling, uncontrollable jerking of a hand or twitching of one side of the face, whole-body convulsions, falling, foaming at the mouth or losing consciousness). In epilepsy, seizures are recurrent and spontaneous, while other seizures, like those caused by a rapid and high fever spike, are not related to the condition. Epilepsy may have no known cause or may be triggered by conditions such as brain injury, oxygen deprivation, meningitis, encephalitis or genetics. If your child ever experiences a serious seizure, call 911 immediately and place him on his side (so that if he vomits he won't get it in his windpipe). …

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