Seizures?

Olivia - posted on 01/27/2010 ( 11 moms have responded )

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My 7 month old son goes into these stares that last anywhere from a minute to 6 minutes. it's scary because there is NOTHING that can be done to divert his attention or "bring him back." he's got an appointment with a neurologist in may, but i'm worried that something may be immediately wrong. anyone else experience this or know what it could be?

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Nicole - posted on 02/02/2010

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Olivia, I have just recently had 2 EEG's on my son, so I understand your worries and concerns...it is scary. My son has the "seizure like" shaking and a bit of a stare, however we are able to sort of snap him out of it by touching his cheeks and talking to him calmly. Have you tried gently trying to distract his stare, with touching or words? I think the videotaping is THE BEST thing you can do until his appt. as this can be what helps them make the diagnosis. Try to get an EEG appt ASAP as they will be able to determine if he is in fact having seizures. I would suggest keeping a log of times, duration, details, what he was doing, etc. Also, they will want to know if he falls asleep afterward, if his behavior has changed at all since the episodes have started, any noticeable changes in his growth progression (mentally and physically). Stay focused and push the system everyday until you find an answer. You know your child best and you are doing a great job. Good luck and I hope you get the answers and solution you are looking for:)

Stefanie - posted on 01/27/2010

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Hey Olivia, I was looking online for additional symptoms you could look out for.. check out this website and see if these symptoms are happening to your son. If so I would call the doctor/ neurologist and tell them to see if they want to move the appt up. The site is: http://www.epilepsyfoundation.org/infant...

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Wallacedawn95 - posted on 07/02/2016

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My 7 month old grandson spaces out and he always looks up at the Celine and it last for one to two min I would say he was talking to angels because when he snaps out of it he smiles a lot and is really happy I just don't understand why he spaces off and always looks at the Celine every time he he does this I'm worried

Elezebeth - posted on 12/16/2013

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My son is gona be 11 months on the 27 an I just noticed tht he was doing it ... is it sutin i dhould call an see his doc before his one yr shots

Katie - posted on 02/03/2010

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I was a baby with epilepsy. I still have it. Staring into space-they're called absence seizures. You need to make sure you have a pediatric neurologist. It usually takes me a couple of months to get into my own neuro. But if you are concerned try to get into sooner. Some kids grow out of the seizures. If you want more information, send me a message. Good luck.

Olivia - posted on 01/30/2010

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thank you. His head thus far has measured normal size for his age, the same goes for his fontanel is also normal. His episodes occur periodically through the day, but are increasingly longer at night. I'll video tape these episodes if that's what it'll take to get a proper and efficient diagnosis...i'm worried about it, but hopefully it's nothing and he's fine!

his appointment has been moved to next week, i'll update then

Vivian - posted on 01/29/2010

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the sooner you get him to a neuro the better...and if you feel that you need to get a second opinion do so....will be praying for the best...

Raiva - posted on 01/29/2010

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My daughter was having similar episodes. Is it happening at a certain time of day or place? We had our appointment with the neurologist last week. The best piece of advice I can give you is to video tape the episode or any strange behaviour following the episode if you are not able to get it on tape. Does your son have an enlarged head or fontanel as asked in the previous comment?? It could be a sign of hydrocephalus...that was also a concern for my daughter as her head measures on the larger side. They can do an ultrasound of the head to diagnose that. My daughter was diagnosed with acid reflux. Apparently it can present similarly as seizure activity in infants. The neurologist did an EEG, thorough exam and watched the video tape we had of the activity. He said without the tape he would not have been able to diagnose...good luck, I know how scared and stressed you must be....hopefully you are able to get answers soon.

Olivia - posted on 01/29/2010

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when he stares off it's usually at one thing, but if you wave your hand in his face, he won't even blink or move his eyes, and no, there is not blinking, or movement at all. but he also has jerky movements with his left arm, almost hitting himself... it's weird and scary! i have had his appointment moved up.

Sabrina - posted on 01/27/2010

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get in sooner. find another neuro. why is that appointment there in the first place? enlarged head? full fontanel? if you feel something is wrong, go with your mommy instinct. call the pediatrician, tell them you're highly concerned and demand an earlier appoinment with a neuro. they usually have better pull with places.

Stefanie - posted on 01/27/2010

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Is he staring at anything in particular - like does he focus at all or is he stating into space. Do his eyes move at all - like roll into his head or fall off to a side? I'm don't know much about seizures in infants but I'm interested to hear what you find out. I hope its not serious and I will look into that to see if there's any literature on it.

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