What are the symptoms of a seizure?

American Red Cross
Signs of seizures include:
  • A blank stare
  • A period of distorted sensation during which the person is unable to respond
  • Uncontrolled muscular contractions, called convulsions, which last several minutes 
Seizures may present with diverse symptoms including: fainting, speech arrest, jerking of the limbs, loss of awareness without a loss of consciousness, abnormal smells or tastes, numbness or tingling, stiffness of the body, staring spells, lip smacking. They may last from several seconds to 5 minutes. Some patients may experience more than one type of seizure.
Johns Hopkins Medicine
Your child may have varying degrees of symptoms depending upon the type of seizure. The following are general symptoms of a seizure or warning signs that your child may be experiencing seizures. Symptoms or warning signs may include:

•Jerking movements of the arms and legs
•Stiffening of the body
•Loss of consciousness
•Breathing problems or breathing stops
•Loss of bowel or bladder control
•Falling suddenly for no apparent reason
•Not responding to noise or words for brief periods
•Appearing confused or in a haze
•Nodding the head
•Periods of rapid eye blinking and staring

During the seizure, the child's lips may become bluish and breathing may not be normal. The movements are often followed by a period of sleep or disorientation.

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Epilepsy & Seizures Warning Signs & Symptoms

Epilepsy & Seizures Warning Signs & Symptoms

Seizures can be sporadic and unpredictable, making it hard to determine when one might occur. A person may experience an aura, such as a visual hallucination or strange smell at the beginning of the seizure. Other warning signs fo...

r a seizure include staring spells, loss of awareness and body stiffness or tingling. Whatever your specific seizure experience, it's important to keep track and discuss all your epilepsy symptoms with your doctor or neurologist.

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