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Non-Epileptic Seizures in Children

Non-Epileptic Seizures in Children


Convulsions are not always due to epilepsy. 
About 5% of all children will have an episode of convulsions in the first six years of their lives. Usually the child loses consciousness when he or she has convulsions. The most common causes are febrile seizures and affective seizures.


Convulsions vary from child to child. 
Usually the child loses contact with their surroundings. His eyes are usually open and his eyes can be focused in front of him or sideways. It can cause convulsions in the legs or hands, on one or both sides of the body, and tremors or grunts on the face. In some cases the child tightens the muscles that become rigid throughout the body and tightens the teeth without any convulsions. In some cases the opposite is the case. The child slashes all the muscles, loses balance and falls. Occasionally, the child may urinate or spin because of convulsions.Some children have seizures or lose color. Convulsions usually stop on their own after a few minutes.


Convulsions are not always due to epilepsy.

Non-epileptic seizures include:

  • Fever spasms.
  • Convulsions due to emotional overload crisis.
  • Convulsions due to angiopulmonary gastric crisis.
  • Convulsions due to a heart attack.
  • Convulsions due to migraine.
  • Convulsions due to paroxysmal vertigo.
  • Convulsions due to paroxysmal rhubarb.
  • Convulsions due to benign myoclonic sleep.
  • Convulsions due to narcolepsy.
  • Nighttime convulsions (Pavor Nocturnus).
  • Dystonia.


  • We control the temperature of the child.
  • We never put anything in a child’s mouth.
  • If the child has lost consciousness we lie down on the side.
  • Contact our doctor directly.