A to Z: Epilepsyenparentshttps://kidshealth.org/EN/images/headers/P-khAZDictionary-enHD-AR1.jpgEpilepsy is a seizure disorder in which electrical signals in the brain misfire, causing temporary communication problems between nerve cells. Someone who gets recurrent seizures is thought to have epilepsy.epilepsy, seizure disorder, seizure, grand mal seizure, petit mal seizure, convulsions, partial seizure, generalized seizure, focal seizure, loss of consciousness, loss of awareness, staring spell08/14/201304/01/201909/02/2019ba46b56a-654f-4894-b2cd-aec7358458fchttps://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/az-epilepsy.html/<p><a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/epilepsy.html/">Epilepsy</a> is a <a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/seizure.html/">seizure</a> disorder in which electrical signals in the brain misfire, causing temporary communication problems between nerve cells. Someone who gets recurrent seizures is thought to have epilepsy.</p> <h3>More to Know</h3> <p>Anyone can get epilepsy, but over half of new diagnoses are in kids. Conditions that may lead to repeated seizures include infectiouns, brain or blood vessel malformation, brain trauma, metabolic or chromosomal disorders, <a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/strokes.html/">strokes</a>, and <a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/brn-tumors.html/">brain tumors</a>. More often than not, there's no identifiable cause for epilepsy, though it does tend to run in families.</p> <p>Epilepsy symptoms can be mild to severe depending on the person. Someone with epilepsy might have temporary confusion, a&nbsp;loss of consciousness or awareness, staring spells, or convulsions (intense, involuntary muscular contractions). Most people with epilepsy will feel the same symptoms during each of their episodes.</p> <p>There's usually no need to call 911 if the person having a seizure is known to have epilepsy. However, someone who&nbsp;is injured, has another medical condition (like diabetes), or has an unusually long seizure or multiple seizures may need medical attention.</p> <p>A variety of treatments are available to lessen the effects of epilepsy, including medications, special diets, medical devices, and even surgery. Some kids with epilepsy outgrow their seizures by the time they're teens, while other kids need lifelong management with medicines.</p> <h3>Keep in Mind</h3> <p>Epilepsy can be frightening, but with proper treatment and special safety precautions, people who have it&nbsp;can live normal lives.</p> <p><em>All A to Z dictionary entries are regularly reviewed by KidsHealth medical experts.</em></p>
EpilepsySeizures are a common symptom of epilepsy, a condition that affects millions of people worldwide. Learn all about epilepsy, including what to do if you see someone having a seizure.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/teens/epilepsy.html/85df049a-dc59-41a5-b92c-421ea2d711be
Febrile SeizuresFebrile seizures are full-body convulsions caused by high fevers that affect young kids. Although they can be frightening, they usually stop on their own and don't cause any other health problems.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/febrile.html/85d50f3c-9caa-4f88-9a3c-e55ab0a9b537
First Aid: SeizuresAlthough seizures can be frightening, usually they last only a few minutes, stop on their own, and are almost never life-threatening.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/seizures-sheet.html/b5b828f7-d921-49cf-9b8a-79401d2378e9
SeizuresSeizures are caused by a sudden surge of electrical activity in the brain. Find out what you need to know about seizures and what to do if your child has one.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/seizure.html/17184860-dea1-4cd4-95ba-3cf34539cd44
Word! SeizureYou might hear a seizure called a convulsion, fit, or spell.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/kids/word-seizure.html/70e445af-ba78-41bd-94f7-293962fa407b