Understanding Different Seizure Symptoms
Some seizures certainly do look like that, but not all seizures have those same set of symptoms.
Seizure symptoms can present themselves in many different ways – from the grand mal type of seizure that I described above to ones that are more subtle, like staring and unresponsiveness.
That’s because seizures can start in any area of the brain, and the symptoms you see reflect where the seizure is occurring in the brain. For instance, if a seizure starts in the area of the brain that is responsible for sensation, your child will likely feel tingling.
It’s important for families to identify what symptoms their child may be having and when, because keeping track of seizures can be helpful for parents and caregivers to determine any potential triggers and patterns. And if your child’s health care team understands how often and when seizures are happening, they can make sure your child is prescribed the right medicine at the right time and at the right dose. (Read a previous post about tracking seizures)
Here are some different symptoms of seizures:
Staring and unresponsiveness
Jerks and twitches
Picking or lip smacking
Tingling, numbness, or feelings of electricity
It’s important to note that just because your child is having one of these symptoms, it doesn’t necessarily mean that she is having a seizure. However, if your child has a history of seizures, paying close attention to these more subtle symptoms can help your health care team be better informed about the type of seizures that your child might be having. Or, if your child has never had a seizure before and you notice a pattern of these types of symptoms, it might be worthwhile to schedule a visit with a neurologist.