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Frontal Lobe Seizures in Children

Medically reviewed by Last updated on Jun 5, 2024.

What is a frontal lobe seizure?

A seizure is an abnormal burst of electrical activity in your child's brain. A frontal lobe seizure starts in the frontal lobe of the brain. This is located at the front of the brain, behind your child's forehead. This part of the brain controls many functions. A frontal lobe seizure is called a focal seizure because it starts in one part of your child's brain. The seizure may last under 30 seconds and may happen while he or she sleeps. It may be simple or complex. Simple means your child stays aware of his or her surroundings. Complex means he or she loses awareness. The seizure can become a generalized tonic-clonic (grand mal) seizure. This may cause your child to have convulsions.

What increases my child's risk for frontal lobe seizures?

What are the signs and symptoms of a frontal lobe seizure?

How is a frontal lobe seizure diagnosed?

Your child's healthcare provider will ask about your child's health conditions and medicines. If your child is old enough, have him or her describe how he or she felt before and after the seizure. Include details about the side of your child's body that seemed more affected. Tell the provider how close together the seizures were if your child had more than one. Your healthcare provider will ask for a detailed description of each seizure. If you did not see the seizure, try to bring someone with you who did. Your child may also need any of the following:

How is a frontal lobe seizure treated?

The goal of treatment is to try to stop your child's seizures completely. Your child may need any of the following:

What can I do to help my child prevent a seizure?

You may not be able to prevent every seizure. The following can help you and your child manage triggers that may make a seizure start:

What can I do to help my child manage frontal lobe seizures?

What do I need to know about stopping my child's medicine?

Your child's healthcare provider can help you understand and make decisions about antiseizure medicines. Do not stop giving your child the medicine until his or her healthcare provider says it is okay. Your child will need to have no seizures for a period of time, such as 18 to 24 months. Then you and the provider can decide if your child should continue taking the medicine. The provider will lower your child's dose over a certain period of time. Seizures may happen again while your child stops taking the medicine, or after he or she stops. Rarely, these seizures no longer respond to medicines. Tests such as an EEG may be useful in helping you and your child's provider make medicine decisions.

How can others keep my child safe during a seizure?

Give the following instructions to your child's family, friends, babysitters, school officials, and coworkers:

Call your local emergency number (911 in the US) for any of the following:

When should I seek immediate care?

When should I call my child's doctor?

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