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What causes seizures in children?

Dr. Mehmet Oz, MD
Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease)
The causes of epilepsy or nonfebrile seizures in infancy are not substantially different from those in childhood. The factors that place a child at risk for nonfebrile seizures are congenital malformations, neonatal seizures, and a family history of epilepsy. In children younger than two, the seizures are more frequently associated with another disorder. Approximately 25 percent of children who have recurrent seizures during the first year are developmental or neurologically abnormal at the time of the seizure. Intellectual disability is associated with seizures that are persistent and difficult to control.
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