Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Petit Mal Seizures

Kayla and Jeremy are living with us again, not that I'm complaining I love especially waking up to Recker. Their house flooded last week hopefully we can get the flooring back in this week so they can get home I know they want to be in their own home.
Sunday night Recker was lying on my bed and I was feeding him his bottle he started to shake both of his arms, it scared me so bad when I told Kayla about it she said it has happened before. Yesterday she took him to the doctor and he told her and Jeremy that Recker has petit mal seizures. He referred them to a pediatric neurologist. I did some research on these types of seizures on the Mayo Clinic web site. Often, no underlying cause can be found for these seizures. Many children appear to have a genetic predisposition to them. Sometimes hyperventilation can trigger a seizure.
In general, seizures are caused by abnormal nerve cell (neuron) activity in the brain. The brain's nerve cells normally communicate with each other by sending electrical and chemical signals across the synapses that connect the cells. In people who have seizures, the brain's usual electrical activity is altered. During a petit mal seizure, these electrical signals repeat themselves over and over in a three-second pattern.
Signs of petit mal seizures include:
Staring, without unusual movement
Lip smacking
Fluttering eyelids
Hand movements
Small movements of both arms
These seizures last only a few seconds. Full recovery is almost instantaneous. Afterward, there is no confusion, but also no memory of the incident. Some children experience hundreds of these episodes each day, which interferes with their performance at school or work.

The good news is that some children grow out of this condition. I expect that Recker will be one of those children who will grow out of it.


Estee said...

first of all.
he is the sweetest baby i have ever seen. he looks so much like his dad!

anyway, i am so glad to hear that you're sugar cleansing too. and one day a week after this sounds like a good plan. i'm addicted, monya...and it's making me feel so sick. i have to fix this.