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Petit Mal (absence seizure) in 5 year old son?

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  • Posted By: Anonymous
  • August 28, 2009
  • 03:45 AM

My little guy is 5. He was diagnosed with epilespy at 2 y 3 months after having 4 short seizures in one day. Prior to that he had a couple of febrile seizures, one of which lasted about 15 mins. He went on Valproic Acid in April 2006 and had one febrile seizure in June, 2006 (lasting about 12 mins) and since then, he's been seizure free. He went off his meds in July 2008.

Last week he was running a fever and while sitting at the supper table, suddenly slumped over -almost like a faint, but immediately had recollecton of the even, and he no staring component etc...He was fine after that beyond his fever which abated a couple of days later. He was very tired though and went to bed shortly after that "fainting" episode.

Tonight he was watching TV having a litte snack and my husband was chatting with him. He called his name, and no response from W. He went to check on him, and noted his eyes were closed and he had a cracker hanging out of his mouth. He called his name a couple of times, no response, and then W's eyes flicked open, and he seemed to take about 5/7 seconds to snap out of it..My husband figures this whole even was about 20 seconds.

W said he doesn't remember anyone calling him, doesn't remember the event..and otherwise was fine the rest of the evening. My gut thinks this is something related to his previous epilepsy..and I will set up an appt with his ped. And I will check with his daycare to see if they have noticed anything.

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