We can assert a child has epilepsy when he/she present the following symptoms:
- Two or more epileptic seizures with no clear trigger factors (fever for instance).
- Loss of consciousness or short absence seizure.
- Presents violent muscles spasms, with one or several jolting muscles.
- Mouth movements, nausea and excessive sweating.
The seizures episodes are short (just few minutes). Yet, there are cases when the seizures can periodically be repeated.
In case of suffering one of those symptoms, the child should visit a specialist (neurologist) to:
- Go over the medical records of this child.
- To undergo a thorough physical exam, paying special attention to the skin, the psychomotor development and the neurological exam.
- Conduct a encephalogram (EEG)
- Conduct a CAT and / or Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI)