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My 2-year-old daughter is getting seizure around 15-30 seconds in sleep. Please help.

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Dr. Vinodhini J.

Published At April 26, 2020
Reviewed AtOctober 31, 2022

Patient's Query

Hi doctor,

I would like to have a second opening regarding my daughter's case. She is just 2 years old and she was having some seizures at night while asleep. For 10-15 days, we started to observe that she is having jerking movements, stiffening of the body, and sometimes teeth grinding for about 15-30 seconds.

I am attaching her consultation and lab report for details.

Hello,

Welcome to icliniq.com.

I can understand your concern. According to your statement, your two years baby has been suffering from seizure which lasts for 15-30 seconds. Anything that interrupts the normal connection between nerve cells in the brain can cause a seizure. This includes high fever, high or low blood sugar, drug withdrawal, or brain injury. There is various type of seizures like absence seizure, tonic-clonic seizure, atonic seizure, clonic seizure, tonic seizure, myoclonic seizure, etc.

By CBC, EEG, and MRI of brain, we can detect the type of seizure and then treat them accordingly.

As soon as you know your child is starting to have a seizure, you should gently try to get your baby in a position where your baby is safe. Stay with ur child. Do not put anything in your child's mouth. Do not try to stop or restrain the child's movement. Children often foam at the mouth during a seizure, wash that carefully.

Patient's Query

Thank you doctor,

Her CBC reports are normal. Do EEG and MRI is required?

Hi,

Welcome back to icliniq.com.

I have gone through your baby's report. (attachment removed to protect patient identity).

Yes, you are right. Her CBC (complete blood count) is normal. EEG (electroencephalography), MRI (magnetic resonance imaging) of brain, and lumbar puncture can be done next to detect the type of seizure.

You should know that when a child has two or more seizures with no known cause, this is diagnosed as epilepsy and you should inform your child specialist if there was any incident that can trigger seizures as you think. Please record the video of your baby's seizure and provide that to your child specialist. Then, your specialist can easily diagnose the conditions that are responsible for seizure with co-relation of video and investigation results.

Is your baby suffering from fever now? Is there any history of delayed crying or respiratory distress or birth injury during birth?

Same symptoms don't mean you have the same problem. Consult a doctor now!

Dr. Muhammad Zubayer Alam
Dr. Muhammad Zubayer Alam

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