Before a seizure occurs, there may be warning signs known as an aura – unusual smells, tastes or sensations. There are after effects as well, including headache, confusion, fatigue, sore muscles, and unusual sensations. Generally, 50 to 65 percent of individuals have no identifiable cause for their seizures. In this category, children are more likely to outgrow the seizure activity or to easily control it. However, over 30 percent of people with epilepsy do not have seizure control even with the best available medications.
- Q Why may my child need the ketogenic diet for epilepsy?
- Q What do I do if my child has seizures?
- Q Can my child return to playing sports after a seizure?
- Q How common are seizures in children?
- Q What is an infantile spasm (IS)?
- Q Do seizure disorders affect children differently than adults?