The RSVP Guide to Seizures

Benefits of a Child's Medical Attachments

A seizure is the result of the brain experiencing irregular electrical activity. Some seizures can go by fairly undetected. However, unconsciousness and uncontrollable tremors may happen in severe seizure cases. Seizures normally occur very suddenly and with no warning indications. How long it lasts and the severity of the effects is unique to each person who experiences a seizure. Seizures can be a onetime occurrence or a repeated happening. If they continue to come back, the seizures can be characterized as epilepsy. Less than 10% of those who suffer from a seizure will have it develop into epilepsy.

Seizures are defined into two broad groups. Generalized seizures are those that from the beginning encompass the entirety of the brain. Grand mal, or tonic-clonic, is the most common subtype. Stiffness overtakes the arms and legs, and breathing may be halted. The appendages will then spasm, and the head will move as well. Absence seizure, or petit mal, causes people to briefly lose responsiveness. The timespan for these is just a few seconds. Children experience more petit mal seizures than adults. Febrile seizures occur due to an infection that causes a high fever. The convulsions are typically regarded as harmless, but they can endure for a few minutes. The last type of generalized seizures is infantile spasms. This causes the child’s body to abruptly become stiff with their head going forward. These normally end by age four, but there is a strong link between infantile spasms and developing epilepsy later in life.

The other category for seizures is partial (focal) seizures, which start in a certain area of the brain but can expand to the whole brain. Focal onset aware seizures allow the person to remain aware of their surroundings, and in some cases they can to reply to people during the seizure. These seizures are experienced for only a short time, usually less than two minutes. Focal onset impaired awareness seizures may cause unconsciousness, accompanied by involuntary body movements. Lip smacking, chewing, and moving of limbs are some of the actions that can occur during a seizure.

There is still a lot of unknown information about what leads to seizures. There are many triggers, some of which are strokes, cancer, brain tumors, and head injuries. Electrolyte imbalance, extremely low blood sugar, as well as repetitive flashing lights or sounds can prompt a seizure as well. Medications like antipsychotics and those used to treat asthma can bring about seizures too. Withdrawal from narcotics, alcohol, or Xanax is also a known instigator. Infections of the brain like meningitis and the use of narcotics, such as heroin and cocaine, can both provoke seizures.

Treatments for seizures hold no certainty that they will work for each individual every time. Seizures are unpredictable as there is no way of knowing when the next one will happen. If your child is suffering from seizures and you are looking for help, RSVP Home Care can offer support. We employ healthcare industry professionals who have many decades worth of experience. We work diligently to ensure that all clients have their quality of life improved through the deployment of necessary equipment and tools. RSVP Home Care is located in Covington, KY and provides service to Ohio, Kentucky, and Indiana.