Seizure triggers in children

Many of the risks associated with epilepsy in children are similar to those of adults. Some of these include:

  • Illness/fever
    Fever-induced seizures typically affect children between 3 months and 6 years.
  • Missed medication
    If a child is prescribed ASMs to control their seizures, missing a dose (or taking doses at the wrong times) can lead to ‘breakthrough’ seizures.
  • Flashing/flickering lights
    While this is a less common trigger than many people think, it still affects approximately 3% of people with epilepsy. It is more common in children and adolescents and can resolve later in life.
  • Lifestyle
    Insufficient sleep can worsen seizures in some children.
  • Hormonal changes/puberty
    Children with epilepsy may experience changes in their seizure activity as they go through adolescence.
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