Some seizures start in children between ages 2 to 12 years. These seizures are associated with intermittent and brief episodes of consciousness. Some seizures are associated with loss of consciousness or loss of awareness and responsiveness. They are usually known as Absence Seizures.
A person can have absence seizures many times in a single day.
In children, a complex epilepsy syndrome called Lennox-Gastaut syndrome occurs from age 1 to 7 years.
This condition is often difficult to manage. Developmental delay is seen in children with this type of syndrome.
Almost all types of seizures respond well to treatment that involves, medicines; and, in some cases, surgery.
Those who undergo treatment enjoy a healthy, normal and satisfying life. Children benefit a lot from epilepsy treatment during their childhood. Most children with epilepsy respond well to treatment.
Emergency Epilepsy Treatment
You might have seen seizures lasting for only a brief period of time in some people. Such type of seizures stops on their own.
However, there are some types of seizures that last for long and don’t stop on their own.
A seizure lasting longer than normal is a severe seizure. It is known as status epilepticus.
Convulsive status epilepticus lasting for more than 20 to 30 minutes is very dangerous. It may cause severe brain damage and death.
Any person experiencing this type of seizure is a medical emergency condition. You must address it immediately. A convulsive seizure with status epilepticus becomes fatal at times.
Doctors prescribe emergency medicines to the patient when they see any potential risk of status epilepticus in them.
Anti-epileptic medicines stop any seizure lasting longer than usual.
The doctor will also write a care plan indicating when and how much emergency medicine needs to be given.
Your neurologist gives instructions to you regarding the dose and frequency of medicines.
For status epilepticus, your neurologist will discuss in detail about the treatment modality and plan. He will also discuss about the follow-ups.
If your seizures don’t stop your doctor may discuss other treatment options with you. They include vagus nerve stimulation therapy and epilepsy brain surgery.
To know more about the other treatment modalities and epilepsy treatment in Hyderabad, consult Dr Vikram Sharma.