Understanding Epilepsy In children – Epilepsy is a chronic neurological problem suffered by many children. However, people still lack the correct knowledge of epilepsy in children. Here are some things that parents and the community need to understand when a child is diagnosed with epilepsy.
Epilepsy or epilepsy is not always a seizure until the mouth is frothy
Epilepsy is a recurrent seizure 2 or more times without cause. Before the seizure, the child is still active as usual. After a seizure, the child can also return to normal activities. Seizures in epilepsy should not spastic and spit out foam. Seizures can be stiff all over the body, stiff spasms, partial frowns and part of the face, loss of consciousness for a moment so that the child looks dazed or dreamily, the hands or feet suddenly jerk or the child suddenly fell like a loss of energy. Clinical symptoms of seizures are highly dependent on areas of the brain that are the focus of seizures.
First seizures are not necessarily epilepsy
If a new one has first unprovoked seizures, the child can not be said to have epilepsy. However, administration of anti-epilepsy drugs will be considered if the risk of recurrence of seizures is considerable. This can be seen from an abnormal electroencephalography (EEG) examination, which is seen in many seizure focus. In addition, the new child has 1 seizure, but the seizure lasts longer, which is more than 30 minutes.
Not a contagious disease
Epilepsy is an infectious disease, it is not a “curse” disease. Epilepsy is the same as other chronic diseases such as asthma, diabetes, hypertension, so people with epilepsy should not be given a negative stigma.
There is no epileptic offspring, the child can still experience epilepsy
Genetic factors do play a role in epilepsy, but not all types of epilepsy show offspring as a cause. In children with brain development disorders, or have experienced bleeding in the head, history of brain inflammation, meningitis, and various other diseases can also damage nerve cells in the brain. Damaged nerve cells that can someday become the focus of seizures on epilepsy.
In children with epilepsy, the results of the EEG examination can still be normal
If a child has recurrent seizures twice or more in different episodes and no other cause, the child has already been said to be epilepsy. EEG examination is primarily to see the part of the brain that originated from seizure focus (right / left, front / side / back), spreading seizures to other areas of the brain, and see the type of epilepsy. All are useful for determining which anti-epileptic drug to be administered, the type of epilepsy, and determining the course of epilepsy itself later on.