Childhood epilepsy is a neurological disorder that presents itself through crises and convulsions in some children and can last up to 5 minutes each crisis. It can have several origins such as a genetic problem, metabolic disorder or even brain damage caused by various reasons.
During the crisis, electrical discharges occur that affect the child’s brain neurons, and even though it is so delicate, children who suffer from this problem can lead a normal life and respond to treatments immediately. Experts report that the vast majority of children who suffer from childhood epilepsy may experience difficulties in learning and in their day-to-day behavior, but they must be accompanied with treatment by a therapist. Childhood epilepsy is not always curable, but there are anticonvulsant treatments to control it.
How to Diagnose Childhood Epilepsy?
The safest way to diagnose and start the treatment of epilepsy is through blood tests, genetics tests, CT scans of the skull, magnetic resonances and electroencephalogram, where they will check which brain site is being affected and how to treat it, in addition to also from clinical history. Experts report that children diagnosed with childhood epilepsy suffer 2 to 3 attacks within 24 hours, and when it is not actually diagnosed, you should seek a hospital as soon as possible. During the crisis the child has some symptoms, such as:
- During the crisis, the child loses total awareness and knowledge, presenting rapid absences.
- It presents very strong muscular contractions, with twisting arms, legs and mouth.
- The body has an increased sweating.
Remembering that there are convulsions of high fever , but in this case they only occur when the child’s body temperature is very high. It may last for a few minutes, similar to epilepsy, but when it returns to normal temperature it will no longer occur.
What to do during a childhood epilepsy attack?
During a child’s epilepsy crisis, we must always remain calm , support the head firmly with our hands and in case of vomiting, position the head to the side so that choking does not occur with vomiting, the crisis will only last a few minutes . Do not deny help when you witness such a situation, as it is not a contagious disease and with your help an even more serious situation will be avoided and even if the person gets hurt during the crisis.
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My name is Dr. Alexis Hart I am 38 years old, I am the mother of 3 beautiful children! Different ages, different phases 16 years, 12 years and 7 years. In love with motherhood since always, I found it difficult to make my dreams come true, and also some more after I was already a mother.
Since I imagined myself as a mother, in my thoughts everything seemed to be much easier and simpler than it really was, I expected to get pregnant as soon as I wished, but it wasn’t that simple. The first pregnancy was smooth, but my daughter’s birth was very troubled. Joana was born in 2002 with a weight of 2930kg and 45cm, from a very peaceful cesarean delivery but she had already been born with congenital pneumonia due to a broken bag not treated with antibiotics even before delivery.