Millions of individuals all over the world suffer from a certain type of seizure disorder. A seizure is triggered by an abnormal spread of electrical activity in the brain. The condition can cause a lapse in the consciousness and loss of muscle control which exposes the individual to danger in high risk scenarios. Always bear in mind that seizures can also cause brain injury and sudden death if it is uncontrolled. The ideal way to prevent injuries or death from seizures is to prevent one from occurring.
Seizures can trigger the muscles to abruptly lose strength. Once this occurs, the individual will drop objects being held and fall to the ground. In some cases, the individual can even lose consciousness. Those with seizures can sustain injuries once they fall. It is important to provide proper protection such as helmets in order to protect the head.
Based on studies conducted, it was discovered that individuals with epilepsy face a higher risk of drowning than those who do not have epilepsy. Take note that a bathtub is a common place for an individual with seizure to die and this is followed by the swimming pool. Children have a lower risk of drowning than the adults since they are usually under the supervision of a parent or caregiver.
Lapse of consciousness
Petit mal or absence seizure typically occurs most often among children and causes an abrupt lapse of consciousness. The child can appear to stare into space for a few seconds. Even though this appears mild, these seizures can be dangerous if they occur once a child is crossing the street, climbing or participating in dangerous activities.
A very high fever among children can lead to a febrile seizure. This starts with contractions of the face, arms, and trunk and leg muscles and then followed by intermittent moments of relaxation and rhythmic jerking of the body. The eyes can have a fixed stare or roll back. In some cases, the child can vomit or pass urine, stop breathing, appear non-responsive and severely drowsy. Even though it is possible for a severe attack of a febrile seizure to cause death, it is rare.
Seizures that occur during pregnancy
A grand mal or tonic-clonic seizure is a severe seizure that can involve the loss of consciousness, convulsion, rigidity and falls. Take note that this condition in pregnant women is dangerous to the developing fetus, particularly in the last trimester. A fall can injure the unborn child and the temporary interruption in the breathing of the mother during the seizure will deprive the fetus of oxygen to the brain.
This is a continuous state of seizure that can cause brain damage or death. A seizure is considered a medical emergency if it lasts longer than 5 minutes or if the individual has multiple seizures and could not be aroused. Emergency care must be given right away.