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Signs and Symptoms of Seizures - AboutKidsHealth

hearing or smelling something that is not there.

the seizure begins the same way each time.

other motor seizures may involve movement of the eye and head.

strange or unpleasant sensation in the stomach, chest, or head.

loss of memory about events just before or after the seizure.

These include: fainting daydreaming. Some episodes may look like seizures, but in fact do not originate in the brain.

if she was confused, tired, or sore after the seizure.

the child remains conscious or has a brief loss of consciousness.

if the movements were on a particular side of her body.

clonic seizures, which are rhythmic jerking movements that may involve the muscles of the face, tongue, arms, legs, or other regions.

A secondarily generalized seizure begins as a simple partial seizure, then spreads to the whole brain to result in a generalized tonic-clonic or clonic seizure.

if she could speak normally after the seizure.

seeing something that is not there, such as shapes or flashing lights, or seeing something as larger or smaller than usual.

the child remains conscious.

Your child is an expert about her own symptoms, so create opportunities to find out how she is feeling. Talk to her, use artwork to help her express her feelings, or use books about epilepsy to encourage discussion about what it is like to experience a seizure.

in juvenile myoclonic epilepsy, these jerks often occur upon waking.

What are possible symptoms of a psychic seizure? problems with memory garbled speech.

changes in heart rate changes in breathing sweating goose bumps flushing or pallor.

What are possible symptoms of a complex partial seizure ?

what her movements (if any) looked like during the seizure.

Seizures in a newborn are often short and subtle; it can be difficult to l whether a baby is actually having a seizure. Seizures in newborns can include any or all of the following:. Neonatal seizures occur in babies who are less than 28 days old.

spasms are usually symmetrical, although they may be stronger on one side.

It is actually a simple partial seizure. An aura is a warning sign such as a feeling of fear or nausea. Some children have auras before their seizures, which they can learn to recognize.

automatisms such as licking, swallowing, and hand movements.

the child loses consciousness and falls down.

the child remains conscious.

with flexor spasms, the child’s neck, arms, and legs draw towards his chest; the child often bends at the waist in a “jackknife” motion.

whether she was able to talk and respond during the seizure.

sudden emotions for no apparent reason, such as fear, depression, rage, or happiness.

how long the seizure lasted.

What are possible signs of infantile spasms ?

What are possible signs and symptoms of a myoclonic seizure ?

heart rate and blood pressure rise sweating tremor​

the child suddenly stops what she is doing.

confusion after the seizure.

unusual bicycling or pedalling movements staring apnea (stopping breathing).

Some of these less common features may result in the seizures being termed atypical absence seizures. Atypical absence seizures may be confused with complex partial seizures.

child may be quiet before and during the attack, or may cry between spasms.

What are possible symptoms of a sensory seizure?

a few seconds of unresponsiveness (usually less than 10 seconds, but it can be up to 20 seconds) that can be confused with daydreaming.

Seizures come in many forms; your child’s seizure could look like one or a combination of any of the following.

an attack usually continues for two to three minutes, and the spasms become less intense and farther apart as the cluster progresses.

warning sign such as a feeling of fear or nausea loss of awareness.

the child goes limp and falls straight to the ground.

repetitive facial movements, including sucking, chewing, or eye movements.

following the seizure, the child regains consciousness slowly and may appear drowsy, confused, anxious, or depressed.

one or many brief jerks, which may involve the whole body or a single arm or leg.

What are possible signs of a psychic seizure? problems with memory garbled speech.

These include non-epileptic psychogenic seizures and febrile seizures. Some children may have both epileptic and non-epileptic seizures. In some cases, seizures are not caused by epilepsy.

at the end of the clonic phase, the child relaxes and may lose control of her bowel or bladder.

changes in heart rate changes in breathing sweating goose bumps flushing or pallor.

It is important to record what your child’s seizure looks like and any factors that may have triggered it. You and anyone who observed the seizure can give valuable information to help your child’s doctor reach a diagnosis. Often, a child having a generalized seizure will not remember anything about it and cannot describe her symptoms.

the child remains conscious.

with extensor spasms, the child’s neck, arms, and legs stretch out.

behavioural outbursts in certain situations tics some myoclonic jerks breath-holding spells​ migraines.

in most cases, the spasms occur in clusters; they repeat every five to 30 seconds, sometimes 10 to 40 times in a single attack; a child may have several such attacks per day.

the child quickly becomes conscious and alert again after the seizure.

What are possible symptoms of an autonomic seizure?

myoclonic seizures, which are quick, single jerks involving one arm or leg or the whole body.

what your child was doing before the seizure.

Your child’s doctor may want to rule out these possible causes when evaluating your child.

how the seizure began.

feeling of pins and needles or numbness in part of the body.

if she felt any warning signs.

By contrast, some children having partial seizures do not show any signs. It is only possible to find out about their seizures by asking them about their symptoms -- what they experienced during the seizure.

What are possible signs and symptoms of an atonic seizure ?

non-epileptic psychogenic seizures, which are a subconscious emotional reaction; these may look like a seizure, but there is no change in the brain’s activity.

screaming, yelling, or thrashing, either from sleep or while awake.

Record as much as you can remember about your child’s seizure, since this information will help your child’s doctor determine whether the event was a seizure and whether it is likely to recur. Single, isolated seizures are not always a sign of epilepsy. Seizures can be triggered by illness, fever, medication, or injury. However, a first seizure should always be evaluated by a doctor immediay. As well, some events look like seizures, but in fact are something else.

feelings of déjà vu, jamais vu, or knowledge of the future.

the time of day the seizure occurred.

automatisms such as mouth movements, picking at air or clothing, repeating words or phrases.

slight head bobbing, which becomes more rapid over time, followed by flexor, extensor, or mixed spasms.

usually begin within the first year of life, typically between the ages of three and seven months.

confusion after the seizure.

whether she made any sounds.

What are possible signs of a complex partial seizure? loss of awareness blank stare walking or running.

sudden loss of muscle tone.

the child remains conscious.

if she is sick, tired, or stressed.

in the tonic phase, the child is rigid, her teeth clench, her lips may turn blue because blood is being sent to protect her internal organs, and saliva or foam may drip from her mouth; she may appear to stop breathing because her muscles, including her breathing muscles, are stiff.

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if she is taking any medication.

in the clonic phase, the child resumes shallow breathing; her arms and legs jerk quickly and rhythmically; her pupils contract and dilate.

In some cases, the seizure may not progress to a clonic phase.

seizures rarely occur while a child is asleep, and often happen just after he wakes up.

no response when you touch your child.

What are possible signs of an absence seizure ? staring.

A common feature of simple partial seizures is that the child remains alert and can remember what happened. Simple partial seizures appear different from person to person, depending on the seizure focus (the affected area of the brain).

the child cries out or groans loudly.

the child remains conscious.

eyelids droop, head nods jerking.

What are possible signs and symptoms of a focal motor seizure?

twitching or jerking spreads to other parts of the body on the same side near the initial site.

Signs and symptoms are not the same things. Both signs and symptoms are assessed in order to make a diagnosis. Symptoms cannot be directly observed. A symptom is something the patient feels or complains about, like fatigue or pain. A sign is a clinical feature of a disease or condition that the doctor looks for. It is something that can be seen or measured.

Keeping track of your child’s signs and symptoms is important for diagnosis. Information you can record includes:.

after a cluster of spasms, child may be exhausted or more alert.

the seizure usually lasts less than 15 seconds, although some may last several minutes.

tonic seizures, which are stiffening or tightening or muscle groups; the head or eyes may turn to one side, or the baby may bend or stretch one or more arms or legs.

feeling as though she is outside her own body.

the child is alert immediay after the seizure.

brief muscle contractions (twitching, jerking, or stiffening), often beginning in the face, finger, or toe on one side of the body.

loss of memory about events just before or after the seizure.

What are possible signs of an autonomic seizure?

with mixed spasms, the child’s arms and body contract and his legs stretch out.

What are possible signs of a tonic-clonic seizure ?

the child may have many seizures per day repetitive blinking eyes rolling up head bobbing.

autonomic symptoms such as dilated pupils, flushing, pallor, rapid heartbeat, or salivation.

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