Convulsions

Involuntary muscle spasms are referred to as convulsions in medicine. Convulsions are characterized by involuntary jerky movements and rolling up of the eyes. Infections such as meningitis, cerebral palsy, or head trauma are the most prevalent causes of convulsions. High fever is the most likely source of convulsions in children, and these convulsions are known as febrile convulsions.

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Can I give Benzodiazepine along with Carbamazepine to my 6-year-old son during multiple convulsions?

Query: Hi, My 6-year-old son has multiple convulsions, and he is under Carbamazapine medication. I used to have convulsions when I was a kid too. We had an EEG done about a month ago. Can my son have Benzodiazepine to reduce convulsions during seizure clusters? Or is there any contradiction? Please help.  Read Full »


Dr. Vishal Anilkumar Gandhi

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. I read your query and understand your concern. You can give him Benzodiazepine when he has convulsions, but you must ask your psychiatrist to increase the dose of Carbamazepine or add another anti convulsion medication. I suggest you can add tablet Valproate (Sodium V...  Read Full »

When is ankle clonus abnormal in a child?

Query: Hello doctor, My two-month-old son has ankle clonus. When he is asleep, and I push on his foot, it sometimes goes over ten beats. When it happens on its own, it is much shorter. Is this something that should be further evaluated?   Read Full »


Dr. Faisal Abdul Karim Malim

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. If you are getting more than ten beats of ankle clonus, please get the child evaluated physically by a pediatric neurologist. In such cases, based on physical examination, your child may require an MRI (magnetic resonance imaging) brain or USG (ultrasonography) of the b...  Read Full »

My baby is having loose motion from the third day of his birth. Can I give cow's milk?

Query: Hello doctor, My baby is 12 days old. He is having loose motions from the third day of birth. I gave him cow's milk for the first and the second day and he was fine. When I started breastfeeding him on day 3, he started having loose motions. His stools are not the same all the times; sometimes, it i...  Read Full »


Dr. Faisal Abdul Karim Malim

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. Please do not give cow's milk to the baby. You can either breastfeed or give him formula feed, but not cow's milk as it does not contain nutrition in the required amounts. It is normal for the children below the age of 6 months to pass stools up to 15 times a day or once ...  Read Full »

What are the treatment options for convulsions?

Query: Hi doctor, It has been two years that she is getting convulsions. When this started she used to get convulsion once in a month. Then it turned once in three months. There are no symptoms before getting convulsion. It always occurs when the patient is deeply sleeping at night. She gets unconscious f...  Read Full »


Dr. Aida Abaz Quka

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com I understand your concern and would explain that her symptoms are typical of generalised epilepsy. For this reason, I recommend starting treatment with Valproate or Levetiracetam to help prevent seizures from occurring. The MRI findings are not related to this issue...  Read Full »

Can brain development problems in babies result in convulsions?

Query: Hi doctor, My 9 months old baby had convulsions. We feel that he has crossed eyes, neck moving issues and feeling partial seizures during sleeping alone. I also have a doubt whether there is any brain development problem. Currently, he is on Keppra 100 mg/mL, 1 mL in 12 hours and so to be given twic...  Read Full »


Dr. Faisal Abdul Karim Malim

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. I am very sorry to hear about this condition. However, I would like to know some details to help you better. Tell me the birth history of the child. Did the child cry immediately after birth? Has the child required to be kept in NICU for any reason (neonatal inten...  Read Full »

My 2 months old baby is extremely agitated and not sleeping. Why?

Query: Hello doctor, My son is 2 months old. He is a normal healthy baby. I did not have any trouble with him so far. Sometimes, he will grunt and raise his knees to his chest when he has gas but has always been able to get a normal amount of sleep.Today, though he has been very agitated and alert, the who...  Read Full »


Dr. Faisal Abdul Karim Malim

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. From your explanation, a few things are evident. This is probably your first child. We are talking about a normal well-growing child with a weight of 6 kg at the age of 2 months, which is very good. The behaviour that you are explaining is known as startling reflex. It is...  Read Full »

Why is there numbness in head, face and hand with weak convulsions?

Query: Hello doctor, I quite often suffer from feeling numbness in the part of my head, face, and hand. I also quite often feel something like weak convulsions in the head. Those are very often with a headache. I am also very sensitive to the light and temperature changes. Those very often cause very stro...  Read Full »


Dr. Aida Abaz Quka

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. I read carefully your question and would explain that your symptoms could be related to different possible causes like fibromyalgia, vitamin D or vitamin B12 deficiency, tension-type headache related to psychological stress, multiple sclerosis, small vessel disease of ...  Read Full »

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