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Epilepsy and the common cold

My 6 year old son has epilepsy and is on Keppra and Phenobarbitol.  He typically has 4 to 5 seizures daily that last anywhere from 1 or 2 seconds to 30 seconds.  We have come to call them a "startle" seizure.  The medications have kept him out of status for quite some time.  When he has a common cold, his seizures disappear.  Has anyone else had this experience with their children?  Does anyone know how or why this would happen?  Any input is greatly appreciated.  Thank you.

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Re: Epilepsy and the common cold

I've actually seen the opposite here.   When my daughter gets any sort of cold, allergies, sinus crud, her seizures get a lot worse.   I'm wondering if the sinus pressure in some way affects the pressure on a certain part of the brain?   And that would make a good or bad result, depending on where in the brain a person's seizures are triggered from?  I dunno, just speculatind here.

Melissa - Aspergers/Epilepsy
Mom to 3 kiddos
Connor age 5 1/2 - PDDNOS
Braeden age 4 - ADHD
Morri age 2 1/2 - Epilepsy

Re: Epilepsy and the common cold

Me too.  When I get sick in any way, shape or form, it's prime time for seizures.  I know I don't have kids but I wanted you to have info from another viewpoint.