3 Key questions about epilepsy in children

Written by: Dr. Manuel Antonio Fernández Fernández
Edited by: Ester Izquierdo Romagosa

Our brain and entire nervous system function as an electrical system. To work well, electricity must go from one place to another by wires to carry the current. If there is excess current wiring somewhere at some point, overload, short - circuit occurs and everything shuts down. This would be an explanation of what happens when someone has a seizure.

How epileptic seizures affect children?

In general, there are "benign" epilepsy that do not give significant development problems, but there are other serious that can be very harmful in the short or long-term. Gravity is the cause of the crisis, because if the cause is a brain injury at birth or the aftermath of a meningitis, treatments may Neurology get not avoid such overloads. If seizures are long or repeated too often and not let the brain to develop normally and eventually causes severe developmental delay.


Are there several kinds of epilepsy in children?

Epilepsies may be due to multiple reasons. Most people have a genetic, it inherited a way to run a little different than normal nervous system which gives it prone to overload and short circuit. Sometimes occur by infection or damage brain at birth, among other factors.


How you can treat epilepsy?

The treatment of epilepsy is a specific medication that tries to avoid the appearance of these overloads and thus, try not to produce crises. The problem occurs when the treatments are not able to avoid it. Sometimes you have to use several medications, but there are times when drug treatment is not enough and needs to raise the surgery to remove the brain area where the short circuit occurs. Unfortunately, this is not always possible or can have serious consequences.

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By Dr. Manuel Antonio Fernández Fernández
Pediatric neurology

Dr. Fernández Fernández is a specialist in Pediatric Neurology, an expert in the treatment of behavioral disorders and learning disorders Pediatrician. With over 10 years experience, is currently coordinator of the Andalusian Institute of Pediatric Neurology Pediatric Neurology and ADHD Group of the European Society of Pediatric Neurology. During his long career he has published several articles in scientific journals Pediatric Neurology, Neuropsychology and developmental disorders.

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