Toddlers: 12 - 24 Months

Absence seizures

Hi, has anyone ever experienced Absence Seizures with a younger child. I know most websites say the typical age is 4 years but my lo is 18 months and the dr suggested it as a possibility.  She has a neurology appt soon. I am trying to keeo a record for the dr appt but I am having a hard time telling the difference between normal staring and an absence seizures. 

Re: Absence seizures

  • I would think at that age it would be tough to tell the difference. Typically, during an absence seizure a child won’t respond to his/her name or snapping fingers. Sometimes they might smack their lips or make other mouth movement. But an 18 mo could do the same without it being a seizure. The pediatric neurologist should have more detail and an EEG may be used to see brain activity. 

    I haven’t experienced absence seizures with my own child but I’m on alert for them because I have a history of epilepsy. I hope you get reassurance soon! 
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