Less Common Signs of Epilepsy in Children
Epilepsy is a chronic neurological disorder in which abnormal brain activity causes seizures . Symptoms differ depending on the type of seizure, and since epilepsy is caused by abnormal activity in the brain, it can affect anything the brain controls.
There are common signs to look for, such as staring, temporary confusion or uncontrollable jerking movement. However, some patient's signs may seem like normal behavior even though they are experiencing a seizure.
Subtle Signs of Epilepsy
- Repetitive behavior that cannot be interrupted or stopped
- Small, abnormal movements such as muscle twitches or short convulsions
- Auditory or visual hallucinations
- An eye deviates to one side while staring
- Loss of awareness or consciousness
- Decline in school performance without an explanation
- Unusual sleep patterns or unexplained urinary incontinence
- Changes in mood, increased aggression, anxiety or depression
What to Do if Your Patient Shows Signs of Epilepsy
If a patient has come to the office presenting of the above signs, Boys Town Pediatric Neurology is here to help. Our broad-based team of fellowship-trained pediatric neurologists and neurosurgeons and advanced practice providers offer a multidisciplinary approach that delivers comprehensive care for a wide range of neurology conditions, including epilepsy.
To refer your patient, please call
(531) 355-7420 to reach our direct line during business hours or
(531) 355-1234 to reach our 24-hour line.