How can you tell if a kid having a seizure?
How can you tell if a kid having a siezure.
Whenever anyone has a seizure, you should always take them directly to the emergency department where they can be evaluated. Telling for sure if somebody has had a seizure is difficult without specific neurological test. I will say that if you see a child or anyone else suddenly dropped the floor and began rhythmically shaking on both sides, this is usually indicative of a generalized seizure. When someone has an actual full-blown generalized seizures that includes all of the brain, they will often also lose urine during the episode. This is one of the most specific signs as even people that are shaking for non-seizure reasons usually do not urinate themselves. Again, whenever anyone has a seizure, you should always take them directly to the emergency department where they can be evaluated. After the story is told, sometimes a physician can diagnose a seizure right away and will only need a confirmatory test. Other times a confirmatory test needs to be done before seizures can be diagnosed. The neurological testing that needs to be done to diagnose seizures is an EEG also know as an electroencephalogram. If your child or a child you know might be suffering from seizures, I would suggest that you schedule an appointment with the pediatric neurologist. This is a type of position will know exactly what testing needs to be done in order to diagnose a seizure.
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