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Childhood abscence epilepsy

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bumpsoon Mon 15-Nov-10 14:35:40

does anyone else have experience of this ?

cat64 Mon 15-Nov-10 14:44:25

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bumpsoon Mon 15-Nov-10 16:32:58

i just wondered if effected anyone else's childs ability at school ?

cat64 Mon 15-Nov-10 17:30:37

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auntevil Mon 15-Nov-10 18:37:42

How often do they have these absences?

kreecherlivesupstairs Tue 16-Nov-10 07:50:57

DD had them for around 18 months and outgrew them [phew]. She was too young for school, but they didn't affect her ability in any way.
If it is one of your DC you are concerned about, you really need to speak to the doctor.
I am sure someone more useful will be along soon.

bumpsoon Tue 16-Nov-10 11:13:12

she has been diagnosed and is now on sodium valporate ,but she is still having episodes ,we are keeping a diary for a month for the dr ,what concerns me is its seems to be effecting her short term memory ,which i guess makes sense , as if she has an episode she loses 10 seconds ,and in a classroom situation could easily miss chumks of vital information .

auntevil Tue 16-Nov-10 16:03:25

I asked how often as i had petit mal as a child. I can't remember how often when i was very young - but they were sparse at secondary school - and i haven't had one that i knew about for approx 25 years now. It didn't affect my education at all. TBH i frequently lose myself in my own world when there's something going on that i'm not interested in (DH playing x box!). If your DD is having a lot then these short amounts will add up, but the odd amounts here and there is no different to being off sick for the day and missing a lesson.

bumpsoon Tue 16-Nov-10 21:26:38

She can have two in half an hour and then none for hours ,thats why we are keeping a diary to see if there is any pattern . we also bought a doset box so we can keep an eye on her meds to check they have been taken ,as the devious little minx will often say she has had it when she hasnt !

auntevil Tue 16-Nov-10 21:38:41

Sounds bright enough! Make sure the teacher is aware of your concerns re missing out. I'm sure they could photocopy their notes, or an activity sheet for the topic to check her understanding of that lesson.

cat64 Tue 16-Nov-10 22:31:01

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