There are various symptoms of epilepsy, depending on the area of the brain which is affected. Some symptoms are difficult to observe, which means that many parents and guardians are often unaware that their child is suffering from epilepsy. That being said, parents and guardians should be particularly observant of their child; if their child’s behavior and learning worsens with no clear explanation, or if their child displays strange or repetitive behaviors such as absent mindedness, not responding to their name being called, laughing without reason, or show signs of hallucination.
The types of seizures most commonly found in children are:
- Absence Seizures – Children will have an absent look in their eyes or become unusually still during conversation. They may also fail to respond to their name being called. There are generally no muscular symptoms, however, if there are, they are generally limited to a rapid blinking of the eyes. These seizures usually occur in children between the ages of 5-10 years.
- Full Body Seizures – These seizures cause the child’s body to spasm uncontrollably and leave them with no memory of the episode.