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absance seizures and emotional changes in 6 year old

Hello,
I didn't see another thread similar to this one, so here goes:
My 6 year old son was diagnosed with absance seizures in January (we had noticed eye rolling that seemed to get "stuck" and asked the doctor at his 6 yr appt. and they sent him to get an EEG, now he sees a pediatric neurologist). There were several tiers of meds that he could go through..the first (sorry! I can't remember the name!) was supposed to prevent absance but not grand mal and of course, what did he have 2 of at school? So, now he's on Valproic Acid (I know that's the generic name, not sure what the brand name is!) and we haven't noticed any seizures at all.
At first, we had grandparents and such telling us that they noticed he focused better on them when they were speaking to him (there was some concern about ADHD, but I didn't pursue it, wondering if it was just a young child's attention span!). He did not have any trouble in Kindergarten this year, and "graduated" on grade level for first grade. This summer, though, I've noticed a change in him. We had been trying to get him to stop sucking his thumb and he picked his "prizes" for going so many days without sucking his thumb, really into the whole program.
Well, I've noticed in the past couple weeks, the focus is off, he's become more argumentative about things (although he is a sweet child and will apologize to me several hours later, we are pretty close!), and he's consistently sucking his thumb, not just when he's tired, which is when he would normally do it. I can't say that he's turned into a behavior problem or anything, just that he's not "right" and I think he feels it, too, when he apologizes to me of his own free will. No matter how much sleep he gets, he still tends to be whiny and very emotional. We had ended Kindergarten with him expressing his frustration better (asking for help, rather than crying about it), but now we're back to square one. There are times when this normally extroverted child seems very introverted and chooses to play alone, rather than be with friends.
I've been over this with my husband and friends . . . is it because he's six or can it be something with his epilepsy or medication? Or just summer vacation? (I teach at the school he goes to, so while I don't normally see him during the day, he comes to me after school every day. Now that we're off for the summer, we're both home all the time).
Is anyone else experiencing something similar?

As a P.S., I did pursue getting him into "child study" so that his teachers will understand the need for repeated directions, etc. that may affect his learning. It's not exactly a 504 plan, but a "continued child study" where we meet if necessary.

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Re: mood changes in 6-year old

Hello. I just joined and I realised that I am a year behind everybody else with my comment.

My son turns 6 in a couple of months and have been on Zarontin for absent seizures for 7 months. I think that he might have had those seizures since he was about 2,5 years old, only that I thought that he was not paying attention. Not until I started working with people who suffered from petit mal seizures did I realise that he was seizuring and got him an appointment with a neurologist.

 After starting the medication I haven`t seen any seizures. I was (strongly) recommended to start my son on this medication before Kindergarten because it would benefit him in school, allow him to follow along in class better. What I am seeing now however, is that he is very moody, can`t handle disappoinments, hyper and unfocused, has problems following instructions etc. His teacher has commented that his attention span is very short compared to other baoys, and also alot more active, moving around constantly. He is not as tired as when he first started the medication but he is very often tired (he always falls asleep in the car but will bitterly fight having a nap at home), and when he is playing with his friends he seems sometimes to get overwhelmed and will just lie down quietly or refuse to talk to anyone. I feel like the medication, although apparently working for the seizures, is hurting him. The neurologist says that he probably suffers from adhd but that she can`t say for sure because what we see can be side-effects of the medication. But that we could try some medication for the (possible) adhd... I was hesitant to start him on the Zarontin to begin with, and I am not willing to start him on this road of medication after medication for side-effects of medications!

I`ve heard somewhere that omega 3 works for some people with seizures (and adhd). Has anyone here tried itÉ I would greatly appreciate any personal stories or links to reliable research.

 

Anna  jimipastaATyahoo.com

Re: mood changes in 6-year old

my daughter haileys case is very simlar to yours she is also seven and i started noticing the seizures more once school had started she would walk into things and seem as though she couldnt hear me a certain points of the day she is also on zarontin a very high dose i think it has made the seizures subside but she still has a few daily but most of all i have notices the ever so characteristic mood changes the doctor said they would stop but i have yet to see any change in the 3 and a half years on the med nor has a doctor done follow up bloodwork or an eeg i am very concerned and havin issues getting someone to explain this very complex problem to me or to look after it as i see fit please someone help me i am a the end of my rope and want my daughter to have a normal life

 

Re: absance seizures and emotional changes in 6 year old

Hi, my daughter has mainly absence sz (she's had 2 TC); she was dx in February. We have noticed a new "oral fixation" in the past couple months - always chewing on something. We started encouraging gum chewing, not wonderful, but age appropriate & relatively socially acceptable. We also noticed personality change, but more that it was dulled, although she's been slightly moodier on the keppra.

Honestly, we're more concerned with her cognitively. She is having a great deal of difficulty with memory and attention. She got through kindergarten - but only because she was ahead from a full time pre-k. We have a medical 504 plan which address seizure 1st aid and an educational 504 that will be reviewed in October as she will require an IEP unless we find a solution to her issues over the summer. We are having a 24hr eeg done next week & are going for a second opinion in 2 weeks.

I wish I had the answers you're looking for... looks like E is diffent for everyone.

Laura R.
6yo daughter w/ generalized E. Currently on Keppra. Failed Lamictal.

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HELLO MY NAME IS MEGHAN,
I'M 8YRS OLD, I HAVE MYOCLONIC ASTATIC EPILEPSY, WHICH STARTED WITH ABSENCE SEIZURES AND PROGRESSED TO MAE. I'M ON DEPAKOTE,KEPPRA,TOPAMAX,KLONOPIN, AND SINCE THE DEPAKOTE AND KLONOPIN I HAVE HAD A BIG CHANGE IN MY BEHAVIOR AND EMOTIONAL STATE, I GET ANGRY EASILY, AND WILL BECOME PHYSICALLY AGRESSIVE,ESPECIALLY WITH A FLURRY OF SEIZURE ACTIVITY. I AM EASILY SADDENED AND FRUSTRATED. BEFORE I HAD ANY SEIZURES, I WAS A VERY EASY GOING LOVABLE GIRL. I AM SORRY AFTER THE FACT WHEN I BEHAVE LIKE THAT. I FEEL VERY SAD THAT I HAVE MISBEHAVED. IT REALLY CONFUSES ME BECAUSE I BEHAVE LIKE THAT. SOMETIMES I FEEL LIKE I WANT TO HURT MYSELF AND DON'T UNDERSTAND WHY. MY DOCTOR AT DARTMOUTH TELLS ME THAT IT MAY HAVE SOMETHING TO DO WITH MY MEDICATION AND POSSIBLE FRONTAL LOBE SEIZURES IN MY CASE. DR. MORSE TOLD ME TO DRAW PICTURES WHEN I AM ANGRY TO SHOW HOW I FEEL. I HAVE YET TO BE FULLY SEIZURE FREE, BUT HAVE COME FROM 50 TO 100 DROP SEIZURES A DAY TO JUST A FEW A DAY. I GO BACK TO DARTMOUTH IN 2 MONTHS TO BE READMITTED FOR A SECOND 24-HOUR EEG TO SEE WHERE I AM AT. HE REALLY WANTS ME TO BE COMPLETELY SEIZURE FREE. I GO TO COUNSELING AT SCHOOL. UNFORTUNATELY WE HAVE TO WEIGH THE RISKS WITH THE BENEFITS... ANY SUGGESTIONS... THANKS FOR READING AND I LOOK FORWARD TO YOUR COMMENTS. - MEGHAN

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Our son was dx with absence seizures in Jan of 2006. His emotional state in my mind has gone down hill since being on meds. But more recently it is his focus and behavior. At the end of school this year (finishing up 1st grade) the teacher told us that she was concerned about his ability to focus. She said she wasn't ready to say that he's ADHD because she knows his medical history, but his ability to focus needs help. I have noticed a decline in his ability to focus too. He is very smart, but can't even complete a one step command most of the time. And his attitude and behavior is awful. He seems to be mean, crabby, upset more times than not. He's not the happy little boy he use to be. Today was a really bad day. Hitting his brother, grandma, me, friends - his mind is messed up and it makes me want to cry. He even commented a couple of times that his brain didn't feel right. Fortunately we see his neurologist in a couple of weeks. By the way he is on Depakote sprinkles. I wonder how much of this is being 7 yrs old and how much of it is his meds. He gets about 9.5 - 10 hrs of sleep a night but it never seems to be enough.

So I guess I don't have any advice but to say it sounds like we have similar problems and concerns.

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I think that the real issue for me may have been that the issues were unexpected. All of the explainations of absence sz indicate that they are "benign". Drug side effects are protrayed as "minimal". No mention of the rest!!! I know that professionals are trying to be positive -- but I'd prefer honesty.

Laura R.
6yo daughter w/ generalized E. Currently on Keppra. Failed Lamictal.

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We've noticed the crabby, meaness in Jack, also. He has a 9 month old sister whom he adores (we made sure he was "in" on everything so no jealousy issues), but lately, his patience wears thin when she wants his attention in the car. He's too busy, or too tired, he says, to deal with her. He's also been obsessed lately with death and car accidents...when we explain to him that it's NOT okay to be in a car accident, that people get hurt and go to the hospital, I think that finally got through to him. He doesn't do the "I want to be dead" thing like I know some kids do, he just seems to draw the conclusion that we'll "all be dead" if we do certain things. Again, could be something totally unrelated. (He just got into Star Wars and although the game he plays for it is the "Lego" version which is great, no blood, guts, etc., he's seen some of the movies where there is death).
He has his good and bad days. Yes, the hitting, the lack of impulse control, that has me worried. I teach older elementary kids, and I've seen what happens to the kids like that, with no impulse control, in and out of trouble, etc. and I worry about him.
It's not nice that there are obviously some out there like him, but it's nice to know it's not just me, that I'm not alone. I love my little boy and I know he loves me and his family, but I just wonder about his comments and actions with others . . . no patience, no tolerance, and just not wanting to listen. We have a great relationship with his neurologist and can email him with just about anything, but didn't want to sound like a paranoid mom with something unrelated, ya know?

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My son is 6, has partial complex seizures and is on depatkote. I notice the same things in my son that you mentioned about your son. My son has told me "Mom, my brain doesn't always work right". I don't know if it is his E or side effects of the meds. He also has attention issues that are being addressed.

We are experiencing the same issues.

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Hi,

My son has complex partial seizures but is also on Depakote sprinkles and Neurontin. I was wondering how long has your son been on Depakote? Jacob has been on Depakote since last September but has been various combo is meds along with the Depakote. He stopped taking Phenobarbital two months ago, and that is when we really saw academic skills decline. He has problems with word finding, words coming out of his mouth jumbled up, reading, and writing. He gets so frustrated when he tried to express himself because he says the wrong words or just can't find the words that he's looking for. Since starting Depakote, we have seen him be aggressive pretty much on a constant basis. It used to be worse when he was also on Keppra. He is still aggressive at times but more than anything, he is moody, emotional, and screams a lot. I just learned that Depakote levels can fluxtuate, so when the levels are higher is when you see the bad bahavior. We just found out that he had Depakote toxicity, and his level was twice the level he was two months ago. We lowered his dose and already is seeing some improvement in his behavior and it's only been two days. Jacob was always a very good, quiet, sweet, well mannered child until he started taking all these meds. He also used to hit me, and other family members also. He doesn't do it anymore but does throw toys and yells when he gets upset. Jacob has problems focusing and following directions. Sometimes it seems that he doesn't hear us at all. He will respond by nodding his head but won't look at us or do what we ask. He also doesn't make eye contact too often. Every time I ask our Neurologists about his side effects, he tells me that he doesn't think it's medicine related. He says that it's most likely the seizures. I told him that I don't understand because this month he has had better seizure control than he has had earlier this year. He tried to say that maybe Jacob is having constant seizure activity that we aren't aware of. I really think it's the medicine. I wanted to write because our situations seemed similar and I've corresponded with some other moms but their kids are a lot younger than Jacob. I would like to hear from you so we can share some stories since our kids are the same age. Jacob will be 7 at the end of this month.

Chi

Re: absance seizures and emotional changes in 6 year old

jsustik Ive had seizures since I was 9 and I can tell you this,the thumb sucking is because he is scared and needs to feel secure.Its very confusing when you cant explain how your feeling and why.Just talk to him,ask him how he is feeling if he is afraid,if he feels frustrated,most of all dont ever treat him differently than other children no matter what happens.It will make it worse he needs to know he is normal and that it doesnt change how people see him.He can sense it and his self esteem is suffering.Talk to his teachers,his friends,anyone in contact with him,but involve him.If he feels like people expect him to be limited to what he can do and learn he will expect less of himself because its whats expected.Self esteem plays a big part in any illness and the control of it or its control over the person who has it.

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JSUSTIK, MY NAME MEGHAN AND YOU ARE SO CORRECT, KEEPING THINGS AS NORMAL AS POSSIBLE IS SO TRUE, IT IS AT TIMES DIFFICULT TO KEEP THINGS NORMAL WHEN YOU ARE HAVING 50-100 DROP SEIZURES A DAY, BUT WE DO THE BEST WE CAN. WE FIND THINGS THAT I DO WELL AND EXCELL AT THEM, BUT UNFORTNATELY, THERE ARE THINGS I CAN'T DO WITH MY SEIZURES, I HAVE TO WEAR A HELMET ANY TIME I'M ON MY FEET AND I GET ALOT OF STARES, BUT I'M HANDLING IT BETTER, THANKS FOR REMINDING ME HOW IMPORTANT SELF ESTEEM IS TO MY LIFE. KEEP UP THE WORD THANKS--MEGHAN

Re: absance seizures and emotional changes in 6 year old

Hi, My daughter was just diagnosed with seizures (possibly absence we are still figuring it all out) and has started Zonegran.

Before this, 1 1/2 years ago, she was diagnosed with Sensory Processing Disorder. We did not know about her seizures then but she was probably having them. Occupational Therapy has helped her a lot and continues to help her. If you don't know about SPD, you might want to do some internet searches on it and see if it rings a bell for you with your son. Our neurologist said that sensory disorders and seizures often are related (although I have another daughter who does not have seizures and had SPD too).

Also, she does so much better when taking 1 mg of melatonin a night (ok'd by our pedi neuro). She gets better sleep and is MUCH calmer during the day and able to focus and participate much better in life.

I hope you find the answer you are looking for. You are continuing to search so I have faith that you will!

s

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Thank you so much for your suggestion! I checked into it and looked at a checklist, but not sure if that's what is going on with him. He at least is apologetic to me (sometimes an hour or so afterwards) about some of his behavior, since he knows it's wrong. I'm not sure if that would qualify. I've talked with the neurologist, who has a "wait and see" attitude, especially since he starts school in a couple of weeks.
Thanks to everyone for their responses! This is such a great tool to help out!

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Well, sorry things are difficult, but remember to hang in there. These anti convulsant med's really mess with their brain. It kind of changes them which is very sad to me. But like us you are probably stuck between a rock and a hard place. What else can you do? If you need to talk you know where to find me.
Kim

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Hi
I've noticed the same things while writing a book on seizures and autism - the connection is so great - 30-40% of those with autism spectrum disorder develop these types of seizures. I would love to hear more about progess as things move along for your son. By the way, my son's name is Jack also and he's now 14.

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Are you sure that when he's acting out he's not in the midst of having a seizure? My son is now 6 but he's had seizures since he was 3. His seizures have changed twice since they started. The doctors diagnosed him with Complex partials, but they looked more like a less severe version of grand mals to me. After playing around with the medications, he stopped falling down and being unconsciousness for 10-15 minutes, but then he started having short drop seizures where he would only lose consciousness for a second. If he was holding something it would fall to the ground and he would often trip or lose his balance and fall. Tranxene finally stopped those, but then he started having two different kinds this last summer. He started having absence seizures occasionally but he also started having very weird behavior problems at preschool. It would only happen in the afternoon between naptime and pick up time. He would all of a sudden hit someone who was next to him or run around the rooming throwing things on the floor for no reason at all. The episodes started out only happening at preschool and church but over a period of several months they began to happen at home as well.

I did a lot of research on it and finally found that with complex partial seizures you can appear to be functioning normally when you're actually having a seizure. Even though you APPEAR to be conscious and fully aware of what you are doing, you actually have no control over your actions. I've noticed that right before my son starts to have one of these violent seizures as we refer to them, he starts acting mad about everything. If someone is in close proximity to him, he'll push them away, hit or scratch at them. Then he'll get totally uncontrollable if you touch him at all. If you let him walk around by himself, he'll run around and knock things down or hide under something. From what I've read, hallucinations can occur during the seizure and that is why they act odd and get violent.

Since my son's started having these seizures, we've noticed that sometimes he will not respond to you at all during the episode and other times we can say "I have a surprise for you" and he'll stop what he's doing and start acting normal again. Its very weird and we haven't figured out if all the episodes are seizures or if the ones where he responds are due to the combination of the medication and him being in a bad mood.

My feeling is that the violent episodes must take place when the seizure is occuring in the part of the brain that controls your emotions and self control, but since I'm a doctor I don't know that for sure. The one thing I do know is that his mood and memory are definitely effected by the medications he's on. We've been trying all kinds of things lately to get him seizure free and every little change in medication has made a noticable difference in memory, mood and balance. He used to only take Valproic Acid and when he first started on Lamictal he became very chatty but he also started getting more shakey and forgetful. Then they wanted us to increase his Lamictal and lower his Valproic Acid. Within hours of the change he started having the violent seizures again and became an emotional basket case. He wouldn't just get upset, he would SOB until he was so tired he'd fall asleep. The doctor told us to put him back on the old dose and added Tranxene to the mix. That decreased the amount of time each violent seizure was occuring, but he was still having them. Last night we tried increasing the Lamicatil and decreasing the Valproic Acid aagain and today he hasn't had any seizures that we know of. Hopefully this seizure free thing is going to last, but who knows. The doctor only wants to keep him on Tranxene for 10 days until his dosage on the other stabilizes. I'm to the point that I cringe every time they want to change his dosage because some things seem to get better and then new things get worse.

Emily C

worriedmom2 I have an 11yr.

worriedmom2
I have an 11yr. old with Absence Seizures. He's had them since he was 8 yrs old. After being on a rollercoaster of different meds (zarontin, lamictal, zonegran) we finally tried Depakote which, to my knowledge, has stopped them. We haven't seen any in about 9 mos. Unfortunately, he is extremely tired and lethargic at school and sleeps in class all the time. His dose is now 500mg at night with a 10 mg lexapro (given for moodiness), he sleeps approx. 9 hours every night and now they have suggested an ADHD med to helphim focus during the day. I'm sure he does need something to help him focus because he forgets his HW, tests, etc. but I'm not sure what it needs to be. I don't want it to be another drug. I feel like we are between a rock and a hard place. Being tired can cause a seizure and stimulants can cause seizures. Any ideas? This is really frustrating to us.
Also, when he gets frustrated, he can really fly off the handle too. The brain is a complicated animal. It seems that everything is associated to seizures.

Re: worriedmom2 I have an 11yr.

Can I qoute you on that? That is said so perfectly and clearly about what it is like to deal with this day in and day out. Email me if it's okay.
Sally

Re: Re: worriedmom2 I have an 11yr.

worriedmom2

Sure! Any ideas?

We are experimenting with a soda before school to see if caffiene (not a lot) will give him enough kick to keep him awake in school. I figure at this stage anything is worth a shot.

Re: absance seizures and emotional changes in 6 year old

Hi,

I am pretty new to this forum and our 6 year old son, Jacob, was diagnosed with epilepsy last August. He has been on numerous combinations of medications and now have finally narrowed them down to Depakote (sprinkles) and Neurontin. He also takes 3mg of Melatonin at night because it was hard for him to calm down and fall asleep. We weaned Jacob off of Phenobarbital two months ago and noticed since then that his academic skills were not where they used to be. He has trouble with memory, concentration, following directions, and word finding problems. He's also not able to read books that he has read many times before. He's always had some aggresstion from mild to severe from the medications. But he's never had any problems with academics. Then, since last week, we noticed that he hasn't been sleeping very well, was confused, irritable, throwing tantrums, and shivering in his sleep. I called the hospital and spoke to two neurologists (ours is on leave), they both told me that they couldn't lower his meds and that things should get better. Well, I didn't believe that one bit. We ended up taking him to the ER and had his levels checked. It turns out that his Depakote levels were toxic (double the levels they were two months ago!) and, they told us to lower his afternoon dose right away. We have to go back in two weeks to check his levels again to determine if we need to make any more adjustments to his dose. My hopes are that we can get him off of it completely because it has been a nightmare since starting this medication. The doctors keep telling me that all his side effects are not from Depakote but that maybe he's having constant seizure activity that we aren't aware of. Thank goodness that I didn't listen to the neurologists. This morning, we already saw a glimpse of the old Jacob (sweet, caring, thoughtful) and it made us cry. I can't believe that this medicine can change someone so much. We are hoping that the lower we go down on the Depakote, the better he will get. We also hope that he will regain his reading and writing skills. The doctor at the ER said that his academic problems could totally be from the Depakote toxicity. Don't let your doctor ever talk to out of something you believe is going on with your kids. We are also looking into the Vagal Nerve Stimulator, but we have to get the results from the EEG that he will be having in October. Anything sounds better than trying any more medications that cause him to be miserable.

How long has he been on Depakote, and how often do you get his levels checked? If his side effects get worse, you should really find out what his Depakote level is at. It's so frustrating because the medications that is supposed to make our babies better, cause so many more problems. It's especially hard because they are school age. We want the best for our children and want them to do their best in school but these drugs make it impossible for them to shine. I wish we would have looked more into alternatives before exposing Jacob to so many seizure meds. I hope you find your answers and good luck to you and your family.

Chi

Re: absance seizures and emotional changes in 6 year old

hi i am currently having issues with my doctors and medication my 7 yr old daughter has been placed on zaronton and i am finding that the dose she is on i quite high for a child of her age and weight she is on 7.5 mg at night and on 6mg in the morning i find that the medication causes alot of problems ranging from what looks like bi polar episodes (extreme mood swings) sometimes exteme wakefulness or some times the exact opposite she does not sleep through the night and it does not seem to be helping with all of the seizures she has been on this medication for 3 years now and the doctors have not performed another eeg and i am begining to get concerned because it seems as though everytime i mention a concern to the doctor he shrugs it off.  when first diagnosed hailey was having 40 or more absance seizures daily now they are very sparatic and hard to catch but somehow know they are still there she is not always focused on the things she should be and is extremely forgetful some one please give me some imput if they think they can help with getting these things fixed

 

i am desparate and really dont know much about the disorder seeing as the doctors throw this problem on me and refuse to help break down exactly the type and sevarity of my daughters condion 

Hello, I am looking around

Hello, I am looking around to get information on Gran Mauls. My daughter is turning 13 this month and was diagnosed with absolent seizures a little over a year ago. They were researching Lamictal, to find the dose that was right for children in here age group. She started with a low dose then they saw her every week till the EEG came back with no episodes. We kept here at that dose for one year and she had absolutely no episodes. The doctor told us she would probably grow out of it, so after the one year we started bringing her off of the Lamictal slowly. It looked good till yesterday ( 2 months later) Her teachers started noticing her staring out into nowhere and brought it to our attention. We asked her if she had noticed anything that might make her think it was happening again and she said yes. The one thing I didn't want to hear. I can't bear the fact that she's had to go through this. Now we have her another appointment with the doctor again for a 24 hour EEG to see if she is in fact having the seizures again. Can anyone tell us what we need to do if she starts having Gran Mauls? What do we need to look for? She hasn't had one yet, just the small absolent, barely noticable seizures. We are scared they may grow into Gran Mauls. Is there anything we need to do if she has one? Thanks a lot!

When Samantha started having These absolent seizures it took us a while to notice. Well me, my wife said she tried to tell me a little earlier. When we started noticing them they were mild. She would stare out for about 10 seconds or so and would lose all traces of what had happened in that time. So we took her to her doctor and they said nothing was wrong. Then one day my wife and I were sitting in the living room watching TV and Samantha came through, she had an episode and fell over on top of my wife in the recliner. Needless to say we looked at each other scared out of our minds. What if my wife wouldn't have been there to cushon the fall, she could have been hurt pretty bad. Well off to a different doctor we went. This time she sent us to a neurologist and they ran a 30 min EEG and discovered that although they were not that noticable, that she was having approxamately 100 of these episodes a day! We could not beleive it. So that is what led us up to this..

I wouls suggest that if there is anyone having these problems, or your kids are having these problems to ask your neurologist about the Lamectal. Samantha had some side effects such as acking in her legs, a little more tired or groggy feeling, but it is worth it to keep from her getting hurt. If anyone has any information that would be helpfull please reply or email me spawn_qhh@comcast.net thanks.

Her grades improved greatly while on Lamictal and she made it into the 7th grade. Now hopefully we get her back on it before its too late for this year. Good Luck! We hope this helps....

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Dear MIA Titan,

 My daughter (5 year old) was diagnosed with absance seizures last year.  Our doctor put her on Ethosuximide (250mg twice a day).  Her seizures got much better and we immediately notice a great change in her ability to interact with others.  She is doing great at school, however, her seizures have not subsided.  She still has a couple a day.  As a result, our doctor wants us to keep her on Ethosuximide and add Lamictal as well.  We are concerned about the drug indications and side effects.  It would be great if you can tell me if your experience with Lamictal is still as good as it appeared to be on your post.

Thank you, for your help.

 Regards,