If you suspect your child is having a petit mal seizure or absence seizure it is important to monitor the seizures so that you can fully explain to your doctor what these seizures look like
While most children outgrow absence seizures, otherwise known as petit mal seizures, parents must be vigilante and note how long the seizures last and if there is any complications accompanying the seizures. Absence seizures involve a few seconds of staring; while the child is seemingly out of focus or losing concentration They are normally so mild that they are mistaken for a lack of concentration. Sometimes however, they can be a little more serious.
Complications of an absence seizure/petit mal seizure
Because the children loose focus during these seizures, there can be some learning difficulty resulting from the petit mal seizure.
Or, a more serious condition called a absence status epilepticus can occur. This condition is characterized by the fact that it lasts for more than 5 minutes.
What kind of doctor do you see?
Because this condition is a brain disorder, your doctor will probably refer your child to a neurologist.
You will need to notate all the symptoms you see or were told about by the child's teacher or caretakers, mentors, coaches and so on.
The doctor will also need to know what medication your child is taking if any. Write them down including the dosages or bring them in to the doctor to see for him or herself.
Since the doctor's time is limited, have a list of prepared questions so that you don't forget anything you want to ask.
Some questions could include:
What are the symptoms, why does this happen, what tests are needed, what is the treatment, is there an alternative treatment, are there side affects from the medications, and how long will the condition last?
Other questions that are frequently asked are, will my child be restricted from certain activities, will the petit mal seizure turn into a grand mal, and where can I get more information on petit mal seizures?
Don't be hesitant to ask your doctor any question, if you do not understand the explanation you are being given.
Your doctor will also ask questions of you. He or she will want to know when the symptoms started and how long they last. The doctor will want to know what the child is doing when the symptoms occur.
It is very important that you are able to explain the symptoms in detail so you might have to consult with other people who observe your child during the day such as a babysitter, teacher, or hockey coach.
The doctor will also want to know if the child is aware of the seizure occurring.