Pediatric advice on managing epilepsy

Pediatric in Gastonia, NC

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November is National Epilepsy Awareness Month, and an important part of pediatric care is knowing how to help families manage epilepsy. First, of course, you have to be able to spot it, and it doesn’t always take the form of violent seizures. A child who falls down for no reason, or seems to drift off and become unresponsive at odd moments, may have epilepsy. Other symptoms include constant nodding or rapid blinking and sudden movements that don’t seem to make any sense. If familiar things often seem not the way they should to any of the senses — a favorite food smelling or tasting wrong, or something looking, sounding or feeling wrong — this can also be a warning sign.

Pediatric experts trying to figure out the causes of epilepsy know that there is a difference between chronic, permanent epilepsy and the acute onset of seizures. A seizure can be caused by high fever. If your child’s fever is that high, he or she should already be in the hospital (or at least under medical care) when the seizure happens. However, severe fever and head injury are two things that can cause the sort of damage that leads to epilepsy as an ongoing condition. Genetics is at least partly a factor — some children seem to be more at risk than others. If you have one or more people with epilepsy in your family, you should be on the alert.

What can set off seizures

The most famous trigger for epileptic seizures is, of course, flashing lights. The movie Incredibles 2 had to come with a warning because of its extensive use of flashing lights during certain scenes, and at least one person has been indicted for sending flashing images to others in an attempt to induce a seizure. This is why it’s a good idea to teach children not to sit too close to a screen.

The most common trigger for seizures in Gastonia, NC, however, is simply failing to take medication. Get your kids into the habit of taking their medication on schedule. You should also try to encourage them to get enough sleep. Pediatric experts in epilepsy say that lack of sleep can also trigger seizures. As children go through puberty, seizures may become more common.

A pediatric clinic in Gastonia, NC

Gastonia Pediatric Associates is a pediatric clinic conveniently located west of Charlotte. It is one of the first medical practices for children in the Gastonia area, has served three generations of families with personalized care and offers medical advice for parents 24 hours a day. Its staff includes three physicians and three nursing staff. Gastonia Pediatrics is owned and directed by its own physicians. If you need a pediatric clinic, call today.