Seizures in children can at first seem to happen for no particular reason, but over time you’ll often learn what can bring them on. Recognizing the triggers for a seizure is an important step in understanding how to lessen the chance your child will experience a seizure.
Not all triggers are obvious, and your child’s seizures may have multiple triggers. Make sure to write down important details after your child’s seizure, such as the time of day and what your child was doing. Here are five common triggers that cause seizures in children you can look for.
1. Illness and Fever
A seizure is a disruption of the electrical signals in a child’s brain. Any illness that can affect the functioning of the brain could bring on a seizure.
2. Sleep Deprivation
When we sleep, our brain uses that opportunity to flush out the daily build-up of chemicals it uses to function. If this process is interrupted in a child with epilepsy, it can make them more prone to experiencing a seizure.
We experience stress through the release of chemicals in our brain and nervous system that are meant to help us cope with survival. When there is a large influx or continual release of these chemicals in a child’s brain, it can put them at risk for a seizure.
4. Flashing Light Patterns
Some children with photosensitive epilepsy have been found to experience seizure when exposed to strong lights flashing in particular patterns and frequencies.
5. Low Blood Sugar
The brain depends on the sugar in your blood to function properly. When your child’s blood sugar levels drop, they may become more likely to experience a seizure.