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What causes nocturnal seizure in children?

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Posted on Mon, 14 Dec 2015
Question: My kid had epileptic seizure during the sleep and the episodes were repeated within 24 hours. Would like to understand if there is any environmental impact which has caused this situation or this natural. Doctor confirmed this is a developmental behaviour and will be cured by self till 10 years of age. However, after this instance I observed disturbed sleep of my kid but there wasn't an such episode reoccurred though. Not sure if my perception is changed or it is still creating some disturbance to my kid's behavior
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Answered by Dr. Seikhoo Bishnoi (2 hours later)
Brief Answer:
Most common cause of seizures is idiopathic

Detailed Answer:
Hello thanks for asking from HCM for your health related queries

I can understand your concern. In most cases epilepsy seizures occur idiopathically that is no specific cause is seen that causes seizures. In children if we consider aetiology apart from idiopathic causes then metabolic disturbances like hypocalcemia or some times febrile seizures are common causes of epilepsy. Genetic factors are also seen along with growth factors.

Environmental impact can be seen but rarely. In most cases seizures are seen without any specific reasons. With advancing age seizures remit in a lot of children. So remain assured with time seizures will reduce.

Thanks, I hope this helps. Please don't hesitate to ask again for more doubts or if you need more clarifications.

Take care
Above answer was peer-reviewed by : Dr. Chakravarthy Mazumdar
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Follow up: Dr. Seikhoo Bishnoi (18 minutes later)
Thank you Dr.Seikhoo, appreciate your quick response. Its precise what my Doctor detailed us. Do you think myself and my wife should go through any counselling to overcome the situation or it is sometime which will be wiped with time.
Infact in both our families, no one has any such seizures or hereditary. Do you think we should take any more precautions or it is fine to continue the ways it is now.
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Answered by Dr. Seikhoo Bishnoi (32 minutes later)
Brief Answer:
Please describe the symptoms in detail.

Detailed Answer:
Hi again,

Please if possible describe our child's symptoms in detail like how they appeared, how symptoms progressed, any history of fever at time of onset of symptoms, any loose motions during or before the symptoms.

Whether he/she underwent any investigations especially CT scan, MRI and EEG after seizures? What about his/her blood investigations?

In most cases with epilepsy symptoms reduce with time and childhood onset epilepsy respond to treatment. So no need to worry.

Please describe in detail so that I can comment with more confidence.

Thanks
Above answer was peer-reviewed by : Dr. Chakravarthy Mazumdar
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What causes nocturnal seizure in children?

Brief Answer: Most common cause of seizures is idiopathic Detailed Answer: Hello thanks for asking from HCM for your health related queries I can understand your concern. In most cases epilepsy seizures occur idiopathically that is no specific cause is seen that causes seizures. In children if we consider aetiology apart from idiopathic causes then metabolic disturbances like hypocalcemia or some times febrile seizures are common causes of epilepsy. Genetic factors are also seen along with growth factors. Environmental impact can be seen but rarely. In most cases seizures are seen without any specific reasons. With advancing age seizures remit in a lot of children. So remain assured with time seizures will reduce. Thanks, I hope this helps. Please don't hesitate to ask again for more doubts or if you need more clarifications. Take care