Newborns and Infants

 

A new child is a bundle of anticipation and expectations. Any illness that the child may have, including seizures, seems terrible to the parents and family.

The stigma that some people still associate with seizures and epilepsy creates unique challenges.

Seizures in a newborn usually subside quickly but may recur as epilepsy in later childhood or even in adulthood.

The greatest challenge for the parents of a newborn with seizures is fear of the unknown. If the cause of the seizures is understood, the doctor will be better able to make predictions about the baby's development than if the cause is unknown. Even if no cause can be found, however, and all diagnostic tests are normal, there is an excellent chance that the baby will develop normally.

Authored By:

James W. Wheless MD
Joseph I. Sirven MD

Reviewed By:

Joseph I. Sirven MD | Patty Osborne Shafer RN, MN

on Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Resources

Epilepsy Centers

Epilepsy centers provide you with a team of specialists to help you diagnose your epilepsy and explore treatment options.

Epilepsy Medication

Find in-depth information on anti-seizure medications so you know what to ask your doctor.

Epilepsy and Seizures 24/7 Helpline

Call our Epilepsy and Seizures 24/7 Helpline and talk with an epilepsy information specialist or submit a question online.

Tools & Forms

Download our seizure tracking app, print out seizure action plans, or explore other educational materials.

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