A to Z: Seizure, Absenceenparentshttps://kidshealth.org/EN/images/headers/P-khAZDictionary-enHD-AR1.jpgAn absence seizure (also called a petit mal seizure) is type of epileptic seizure that causes a person to briefly lose consciousness and stare ahead without moving, appearing "absent."petit mal seizure, absence seizure, epilepsy, staring spell, loss of consciousness, chewing motions, eyelid fluttering, lip smacking, hand fumbling, anti-seizure medications08/14/201304/11/201909/02/2019293acdbf-ffde-4240-8a13-4add7cf4b84bhttps://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/az-seizure-petit.html/<p><em>May also be called: Petit Mal Seizure</em></p> <p>An absence&nbsp;<a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/seizure.html/">seizure</a> is a type of <a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/epilepsy.html/">epileptic</a> seizure that causes people to briefly become unaware of what's happening around them and stare ahead without moving, appearing "absent."</p> <h3>More to Know</h3> <p>Absence seizures affect children more than adults and may be associated with other types of seizures.</p> <p>There is no known cause for absence seizures, but they do tend to run in families. Like all seizures, they're the result of abnormal electrical or chemical activity in the <a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/brain-nervous-system.html/">brain</a>. Hyperventilation or flashing lights may be triggers, but there may be no such identifiable triggers.</p> <p>Absence seizures happen without warning, usually last less than 15 seconds, and can occur multiple times a day. Because they can be misinterpreted as daydreaming or lack of attention, they can be difficult to diagnose. They can be very disruptive to a student's learning in the classroom and dangerous during certain activities like swimming.</p> <p>In addition to a sudden stop in movement and awareness, people who experience an absence seizure may make chewing motions, flutter their eyelids, smack their lips, or fumble with their hands. Following the seizure, the person will immediately return to an alert state and have no memory of the episode.</p> <h3>Keep in Mind</h3> <p>While absence seizures can be disturbing, many anti-seizure medications are available to significantly reduce the occurrence of seizures or even eliminate them. In addition, many kids and teens outgrow these seizures as they reach adulthood.</p> <p><em>All A to Z dictionary entries are regularly reviewed by KidsHealth medical experts.</em></p>
A to Z: Seizure, Tonic-ClonicA tonic-clonic seizure (also called a grand mal seizure) is a sudden attack that brings on intense muscle spasms and loss of consciousness. It is caused by abnormal brain activity and affects the entire body.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/az-seizure-grand-mal.html/4a629ff8-4dad-436f-82fe-5a20153bd666
Brain and Nervous SystemThe brain controls everything we do, and is often likened to the central computer within a vast, complicated communication network, working at lightning speed.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/brain-nervous-system.html/1e2a5004-5865-4069-97fd-5488c31075b9
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
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