Question on Absence Seizures

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Registered: 09-13-2007
Question on Absence Seizures
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Thu, 04-24-2008 - 9:57pm
I have a question has anyone dealt with "absence seizures". Eliajhs Speech therapist asked today if anyone had ever mentioned the possibility of those to me. I said No, but in my experience they don't mention anything unless you bring it up. She said she was wondering if he had them because he will randomly stare off into space like he is in another world. It only last for about 1 minute but now that I think about it he usually dose this at least a couple of times a day. The only way to get him out of it is wait and then I rub my hand down over his eyes to "bring him back" I never thought anything of it I thought he just zoned out a lot. Also in his car seat but at other times to he will do it, and hold on to his seat straps so hard it is hard to even pry his fingers off and they all turn red like the circulation is cut off as he is squeezing so hard. Any guesses is this seizures? What test do they do to find if it is and what type of doctor administers it (Neuro I assume) Thnks for any help
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Thu, 04-24-2008 - 10:24pm

Hi - You should crosspost this on the seizures board - I hear they're equally as delightful as we are!

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Registered: 04-08-2004
Thu, 04-24-2008 - 10:35pm

The Dr's are pretty sure Anna has absence seizures, but we haven't caught any on tape or EEG, so they won't say for 100%.

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Registered: 06-28-2007
Thu, 04-24-2008 - 11:12pm
You should see a neuro and the test is an eeg. If you can't snap him out of it then its probably worth looking into to be sure. I have seen Kristin do both things, just stare off and thats all it is and she has occasionally had absence seizures. I'm not sure exactly how to tell you to tell the difference. If you are moving your hand right in front of his face and he doesn't blink I would probably look into. Seizures can affect development. Kari
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Fri, 04-25-2008 - 12:05am
Hi. Megan used to have absence seizures a lot, but we had no idea that's what they were. Then she got sick and had a grand mal seizure. They recommended getting an EEG, and it was abnormal. Once she was put on a seizure med, her absence seizures stopped, and her development got better. It might not be seizures for your son, but I'd definitely get an appt with a pediatric neurologist and get an EEG just in case. I wish we'd had Megan checked for them sooner. Good luck.
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Registered: 09-13-2007
Mon, 04-28-2008 - 10:50pm
Thank you all so much for your insight. Just when you think they have everything going on with them you can possible handle you notice something else. I have made an appointment with his Neuro he saw when he was about 6 months old, so we will see if we can get that test done, thanks for the advice ladies!!
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Registered: 06-19-2007
Sun, 05-04-2008 - 3:16pm

The testing used is an EEG and your pediatrician can order the test.