seizures and video games

Colleen - posted on 01/19/2011 ( 6 moms have responded )

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Has anyone else noticed thier children having seizures after playing video games? My son loves to play video games on his PS3 but we are pretty sure that they bring on seizures. We told him that we were taking the games away for a few days to see if he has less seizures and he went 4 days without any seizures and then a freind stayed overnight so they wanted to play the games together and my son ended up having 3 seizures that night. so then we havent let him play the games the past 3 days and he hasnt had any seizures.

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Barb De La - posted on 08/04/2013

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my grandson just had a seizure playing a video game and he fell off the bed and got a bad concution. I think keeping them as far away from the screen is important and not letting them play for long periods of time. we also know of some one who was watching a 3 d movie and had one . these were both on big screen t.v.s .

Jessie - posted on 01/27/2011

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I think this is affecting my son too. What I have been trying is this; no video games, only wii, or ones where you are farther back from the screen and look around more. And i have a time limit of one hour max. usually it is less, but a movie on the computer is ok for 1 hr. I also make him sit far back from the screen for movies, on the couch. and for games sit farther back then he likes. he wants to get very close. MY other rule is no computer or TV before bed. He did have a seizure after watching several hrs of TV in a hotel room on a big TV, and until he fell asleep. NOt a good combo- TV before bed and hotel room.

Cherri - posted on 01/26/2011

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Yes - the flashing lights can induce seizures. They did with my daughter also.

Michelle - posted on 01/26/2011

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I know that on most video games or with the games system itself or in the booklet it says may cause seizures. I haven't noticed they have increased or decreased my daughters seizures.

I know the nurse in the long term monitoring unit said even while on the computer they should wear sunglasses. Also while playing video games.

Linda - posted on 01/19/2011

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Hi Colleen, I talked with my son's doctor about this same issue and I was told yes -- any prolong activity such as video games or even watching colorful television such as cartoons for a long period of time could cause seizures.

Heather - posted on 01/19/2011

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it's been documented that certain combos of rapidly flashing lights can cause seizures. Talk to your neuro.

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