The two distinctive types of seizures that most often occur include:
- Tonic-clonic seizure: this type of seizure can involve shaking (called convulsions) combined with the body getting rigid, clenching of the jaw, and biting the tongue.
- Absence seizure: this type of seizure may involve staring into space, or a child may stop talking abruptly and then start talking again. Repetitive movements like chewing their lips or moving a hand are also common.
In some cases, children may also experience an aura, which results in the individual smelling something that isn’t there or feeling a numbing or tingling sensations.
The health website recommends that if you find your child having a seizure, parents need to ensure they cannot fall out of, or off, anything and put a pillow under their heads. Individuals can turn their head to the side, but be sure to never put anything in or near their mouths.
Also be careful not to shake or shout at the child and call 999 if the seizure seems to last for five minutes or longer. After a seizure, it is common for a child to be confused, foggy or to feel tired.