Epilepsy And Meningitis In Children

Ailments like epilepsy and meningitis have now become common and more and more people are affected from it. Many cases of epilepsy and meningitis in children have been found.

Sometimes high fever can result in convulsions in children. But at times it can also be a symptom of epilepsy. Meningitis gets triggered as a complication due to other diseases.


Abnormal discharge of electric currents in the brain can cause seizures or convulsions in a child. This is known as epilepsy which usually occurs in two forms in children including ‘major seizures’ and ‘absence attacks’. With proper treatment, most children overcome this problem by the time they reach adolescence.

The common symptoms of absence attacks, also known as petit mal convulsions, include dazed expression, lack of movement, etc. The child, however, recovers within a few seconds.

Major seizures which are medically referred to as Grand mal convulsions have the following symptoms: stiff arms and legs along with unconsciousness, twitching movements like jerks, urination, and gradual recovery to consciousness.

Medical guidance may be needed if a major seizure occurs for the first time or if it lasts for more than three minutes. Or else if the child suffers from a series of seizures that occur rapidly, a doctor should be informed as soon as possible.

In case your child is having an epilepsy attack, it is recommended to make the child lie down on his side while you wait for medical help to arrive. Once the child has recovered from the attack, make sure that he is able to breathe properly and let him rest.

Meningitis is a serious ailment in which the tissues surrounding the brain get inflamed. The symptoms of meningitis include fever, vomiting, headache, convulsions, formation of red or purple rashes, restlessness often accompanied with drowsiness.

The presence of meningitis can be confirmed after performing certain tests and while the tests are being carried out, the child might have to be hospitalized. If such symptoms occur in your child, they should not be avoided or else the consequences can be grave. Proper and prompt medical attention can save the life of your child in such cases.