seizures

Jessica - posted on 01/12/2009 ( 7 moms have responded )

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Anybody have Autistic children with seizures. Has anybody heard of this being related somehow? My son always has them when he is startled. Anyone else heard of that?

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Leah - posted on 08/12/2011

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My son was diagnosed with infantile spasms when he was 12 months old, even prior to that he showed signs of having asperger's/autism. however upon approching both my GP and Paediatric Neurologist, both commented that while a child is having active seizures it would be difficult if not impossible to diagnose with autism. 10 months on and still having 20 spasms a day, we are no closer to finding a treatment that works or a diagnosis of autism.

Carolyn - posted on 01/13/2009

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Quoting Tricia:

My son is global developmentally delayed, hypontonia, has infantile spasms, and was diagnosed with Autism around the same time as his seizures started. His developmental pediatrician says that the three are very common to go together. However, what came first, the chicken or the egg? I believe that his seizures came from his delay, since your brain is delayed, you have more of a chance that a seizure will occur. What type of seizure does your child have?


My daughter is similar - infantile spasms at 7 months, reoccurence at 15 months, ASD dx at 25 months. It's a very common pattern according to neurologist & devepmental peds too, especially with the IS and her being a girl (contrary to the rest of the population affected by ASD). Our pediatrician says these kids are just wired weird, hence the enormous sleep difficulties, sensory intergration problems, etc.

Jessica - posted on 01/13/2009

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I guess the term for the type he has is tonic, and clonic.  Small tremors and tensing of muscles, and loss of conciousness...  He had them 10 hours after he was born for the first 2 days.  Was fine for 6 years and  then for a year and has been changing medications for the last 2 years. and having them multiple times a week - sometimes daily. 



Tricia - posted on 01/13/2009

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My son is global developmentally delayed, hypontonia, has infantile spasms, and was diagnosed with Autism around the same time as his seizures started. His developmental pediatrician says that the three are very common to go together. However, what came first, the chicken or the egg? I believe that his seizures came from his delay, since your brain is delayed, you have more of a chance that a seizure will occur. What type of seizure does your child have?

Gabriella - posted on 01/13/2009

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I know many people on the GFCFKids yahoo group and the TACA Yahoo Group who have children that have seizures that have been greatly controlled by diet and the gluten free in particular as even one crumb of gluten will set off a seizure. They even get seizures from the gluten in stickers. It is a very serious condition but I would really look at those too yahoo groups for some help and get on the diet right away.

Wendi - posted on 01/13/2009

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My has had seizures.  Yes they are related to autism in about 75-80%.  A few of my friends with autistic children found that they were having them at night while they were sleeping.  A Neurologist did a 24 hour EEG study and found that this is why they were waking at night.



My son's seizures started out unprovoked, he had 3 in less than 3 hours.  Then his next seizures where provoked by fever.  He had 10 in less than 15 minutes.  I am thankful that he hasn't had any in almost 10 months. 

Rachael - posted on 01/13/2009

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Hi

My son has epilepsy and autism, his doctor at the hospital said that although they are not entirely sure why it does often seem that they both go hand in hand.

As for seizures being induced when they are startled the same happens to my son. We spent all weekend in hospital with his seizures because he had been scared by the fire alarm going off at school on friday afternoon! By the same token he can also start to have seizures (especially drop attacks) if he gets very excited over something.



I also work with young adults with autism and I would say that around 60% of them have seizures. Some have had them from being young others didnt develop them until they were in their teens.



Take care



Rach xx

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