Do children ever grow out of Absence seizures?

Jennifer - posted on 09/09/2010 ( 10 moms have responded )

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My son was diagnosed when he was 2 1/2 yrs. old he's now 14 1/2. Doctors had told us initially when they diagnosed him with this type that it was optimistic that he would grow out of them by the time he was 17-18 yrs. old, if he didn't chances were he would continue with them his entire life. I worry & wonder @ the same time as he is in high school~wants to play contact sports & soon to take driver's training ~has anyone had a similar case where they have grown out of them?

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Flipdizzy - posted on 05/30/2013

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Yes i was a infant about 4 months old diagnosed with seizures i had them till i was 11 i grew out of them,im now in my 30's and still no seizures.i remember my mom giving me my med it was a brown bottle cant remember the name of it.

Mary - posted on 10/04/2012

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mary from michigan my daugter has had absence seizures since 7 years old she is now 17 they say could still grow out of them im trying to stay positive its very hard as they get older they want to drive and i wrry for her to get a job i just want to keep her safe i worry about her all the time where it has taken over my life

Jodi - posted on 09/23/2010

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Unfortunately, with this type of seizure it is difficult for us to actually give a strong prognosis,pro or con. In the office I worked in, we would state that the patient "appeared to be free of seizures..." With Absence, or Simple Partial Seizures, it is extremely difficult to diagnose, as they mimic some normal, ordinary childhood tendencies (ie daydreaming, imaginary friends-seeing things or people who are not there, or even being emotional at times).
Not only do I have 20 years of medical training -mostly in Neurology-I also have a 16 1/2 yr old son that his first noticeable Simple Partial Seizure was at 10 mos. It took us 7 years to diagnose because many doctors would say the symptom or action was a normal developmental action,and my husband would say that I knew a little bit, and worried a lot. He said he never noticed anything. It wasn't until my son was almost 8 and had a series of these seizures, lasting for about 7 minutes, and my husband looked in the rear-view mirror and saw a gray skinned child that was non-responsive. He ran up on the curb, almost hitting another car, but NOW he's a believer, and I'm no longer an overprotective mother!
Anyways, we went 3 years with drs,teachers, and some others saying he wasn't having them. He had 2 EEGs that were cut short; 1 for uncontrolled coughing- which could be a seizure, but the tech stopped the test saying it could give a false epileptic reading- and the other the tech told the dr he wouldn't fall asleep.I had to leave the room for 20 mins to deal w/ins issue and did not know until my son told me in the car that they did not do that portion. The Neurologist said it was indicated as being performed. I said that my son either seized during the time and didn't know or since the tech was complaining that our letter said 30 min later than actual appt time and kept telling my son NOT to fall asleep,it was not done!(and both scenarios could have happened).
My father had a stroke in March and my son started having tics that resembled a Complex partial seizure. Prior to these episodes, or tics, he would have visual disturbances and difficulty hearing. The ER drs said not related to seizures,and said he would eventually grow up,whether I let him drive or not. The Neurologist says-"The boy won't be driving for a while!" We adjusted his medicine and then at the start of school, he had 2 noticed by school employees. I have thought this might be the reason he went from an A student in AP classes to failing in Regular classes.I would check his work and the next day he could not find it to turn in, even though it was exactly where it should be. He would get disoriented several days a week and have migraines. We increased his meds and now they're 2x a day instead of only at night. Now, he feels better and is doing well in school.
Point is, sadly it is difficult for medical professionals, no matter how well trained, to catch these seizures sometimes, so to say they have "gone away" is not always accurate.

Jennifer - posted on 09/13/2010

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Margaret I agree - lots of epilepsy meds are associated with increased aggression - it's very hard on everyone. My daughter reacted that way to Epilim so we changed meds. If your doctor isn't listening you can change doctors: we did this and although it felt awkward it was really worth it! We get much better info from Nina's new doctor and as a result feel able to make much better decisions for her.

Jennifer - posted on 09/13/2010

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Hi Jennifer, my daughters' dad had absence throughout his childhood (and some convulsions) and appeared to grow out of them in his 20's. He stopped taking his medication in his late 20's and hasn't reported any problems since. We live in New Zealand: legally an adult with epilepsy can't gain a driver's license until they have been entirely seizure/absence-free on the same medication for two years. He has had his license for over 10 years now with no problems so there is hope!

Sue - posted on 09/11/2010

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margaret some meds can make them angry. we had to change my sons meds because he was very aggressive on them and now its fine again. you have to keep talking to them and get them to understand what your daughter is like on them and even go so far as suggest you try something else if u need to x

Teresa - posted on 09/10/2010

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Yes you can out grow them two of my kids have and had seizures. One had granmal and she is seizure free. My other daughter has what I had and that is pedmal. I did out grow that.

Jen - posted on 09/10/2010

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Hi Jennifer, Have you tried Keppra? If your son doesn't grow out of them, they can be controlled. I started having absence seizures at about 10 and the doctor said it was a puberty thing. I am now 36 and on combination of Keppra and Tegretol and have been seizure-free for almost 5 years. I know what you and you son are going through, but just keep trying different things. There is a combination and a dosage of something that will work for your son.

Margaret - posted on 09/10/2010

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my daughter was ten when she was diganosed i was told after a year her medicine would cut and after 2 years she would have grown out of it her medication was put up in december last year to 400mgs and still the same but she also has anger problems towards me and all the docters and social workers donit seem to care

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