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What do I do if my child has seizures?

Dr. Michael Roizen, MD
Internal Medicine
If you are seeing unusual movements that occur as "spells," being able to produce a good description of these spells is extremely important, since that's the main clue that the physician uses to determine what is going on. It's important to note what the baby was doing just before the seizure. Eating? Sleeping? Falling? Which parts of the body were moving or stiffening? How long did it last? (This is difficult to judge, as it seems like forever to a parent. So glance at your watch early and then at the end.) Then it's important to note what the child did afterward, such as sleep or resume her activities. Sometimes you are talking about an isolated incident, but other times it repeats. Being able to capture them on a video is extremely helpful. Bring that to your doctor's visit, or email it to him beforehand, to help with assessment.
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