Toddler's seizures could have benign or serious cause
Question : My nephew, age 18 months, is having seizures. The doctors here
say that they are from fevers, but he's having them without fevers, as well. Can
very young children get epilepsy?
Answer : Yes, very young children can have epilepsy, which is, by definition, two
or more seizures without an acute cause. About 1 in 100 Americans have epilepsy,
which can occur at any age. The incidence is highest in the first year or two of life.
It sounds like your nephew was diagnosed with febrile seizures, which occur in
young children when there's a sudden spike in body temperature. Febrile seizures
usually are harmless and don't indicate a long-term problem. The seizures can
occur before a parent realizes that a child is ill with a fever.
If your nephew doesn't have fever with his seizures, they aren't febrile
seizures. The seizures could be caused by a number of medical conditions, some
serious. I would recommend that your nephew's family seek a second opinion with
a pediatric neurologist to identify the cause and develop a treatment plan.