May also be called: Febrile Seizures; Absence Seizures; Tonic-Clonic Seizures; Petit Mal Seizures; Grand Mal Seizures
More to Know
"Seizure" is a general term that refers to sudden abnormal electrical discharges in the brain that can cause someone to collapse, convulse, or have another temporary disturbance of normal brain function, often with a loss or change in consciousness. A person who has had two or more seizures may be diagnosed with epilepsy, also known as seizure disorder.
Seizures can have many different causes, and learning the specific cause of your child's seizure is critical to effective treatment.
Keep in Mind
Seizures can be frightening, but most last only a few minutes, stop on their own, and are not life threatening.
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