Any info on Petti Mal episodes?

Catherine - posted on 09/29/2010 ( 7 moms have responded )

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My 8yr old son suffers from dyspraxia and ataxia and is also being tested for numerous other problems, he was 1st diagnosed with dysraxia at the age of 18 months. For the last 12 months he has been suffering from "blank episodes" which I have since learned are probably petti mal (not sure on the spelling) and that this could well be the first stages of epilepsy. He has recently had a ecc and an mri an is awaiting the results, if any one has experienced the same thing and has any info or advice it would be very helpfull.
Catherine

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Jessie - posted on 10/08/2010

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yes, my son has had these staring episodes, and they are petit mal. se the epilepsy foundations website; it is helpful in understanding the different kinds of seizures. My son also has complex partial seizures, where he bursts into tears for no reason, his face is red, and he can barely talk, he is dreamy, disconnected. then he is all better in like 15 minutes, but tired.

Stacey - posted on 10/06/2010

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Hi Catherine, My six year old son was just diagnosed with Petit Mal or they are also called Abscence seizures. Apparently my child inherited it from my husband, as he had childhood epilepsy as well. Alex has those "blank" seizures as you called them, he stops whatever he is doing, stares blankly into space and twitches his lips, this occurs for only a few seconds then he pops right out of it and is normal again, he has no memory of the seizure. He was diagnosed in March and at his 1st EEG he had over 100 of those blank seizures, I was appalled. He is on medication 2x's a day called Ethosuximide (generic) and so far he has been doing well. One good thing that our neurologist told us was that this is mild form of epiliepsy and he will most likely grow out of it by the time he is a teenager. I am not sure what truly causes these seizures, it is what they call a chemical imbalance and the medication helps restore "the imbalance". I hope this info was helpful to you, we have had many sleepness nights worrying, but with the right Dr. and medication/tratment your child should outgrow this. Alex is healthy little boy, and really had no issues with the meds. His last EEG stated that he was only having 50 seizures in an hour so the prognosis is hopeful....The best of luck to you!!!!

Sophie - posted on 10/06/2010

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Hi Lynda ask either you GP or Paed to refer you to a neuro, has she ever had a EEG and MRI if not ask for it how long has she been diagnosed with epilepsy?
take care
Sophie

Lynda - posted on 10/04/2010

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hi my daughter has petit mal seizures or absence seizures. had a few problems as she is 9 and wants to go out with friends. she is still having a few seizures a day but the scary thing is if shes walking when she has one she keeps walking. shes on Lamactal and it does seem to have helped a bit but not there yet. back to the paediatrician next week (not got Neuro and not sure how to go about getting one - any advice from uk mums would be gratefully received as cant afford to go private)

Jeanette - posted on 10/02/2010

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hi these do sound like petit mal seizures as my daughter has epilepsy and has these episodes as well. if it turns out that your son does have epiepsy there is lots of help out there. there are numerous help lines that you can call for advise and help. yes it is hard iam not going to lie to you but once you find the right medication and help it will get easier . if you need to talk me4ssage me . good luck hope it goes well for you and your son x

Catherine - posted on 09/30/2010

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thank you very much this has helped x I hope ur son is well now, I also use the technique of talking to my son aswell, it is just very surreal x God Bless you an ur family x

Brandy - posted on 09/29/2010

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my son had patit mal seizures for about 10 years and when he hit puberty they became Grand Mal which are very violent.What I did was when my son got that blank stare in his eyes I would talk to him about where he was and who was with him,the day and the date over and over.It seemed that he was less disoreaned afterward.I hope this info is helpful to you and to your family.I will be praying for you.

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