9 . Are there seizure-triggering factors in daily life ?

Body temperature variations, light, excitement, emotions are some of the many seizure-triggering factors.

Throughout life, fever will be an important one. Common infections are particularly frequent in the first years of life and can lead to seizures. Therefore, fever-treating drugs are used very often.

More generally, changes in body temperature are also known triggers, and even a slight one due to intensive physical activity, hot bath or warm environment may provoke seizures.

Light or visual stimulation-induced seizures are often observed. They can trigger various types of seizures. We call this phenomenon photosensitivity. The visual stimulation the most likely to trigger seizure is a fast and repetitive switch from a bright to dark environment (stroboscopic light). Even eye blinking can be a trigger too. This phenomenon can also be observed when watching moving surfaces (curtains, sea waves) and some TV screens. More or less complex geometrical design (pattern) like stony paths or pavements are also triggering factors.

Your child’s doctor may recommend special blue lens glasses which may help control the occurrence of photosensitivity-triggered seizures.

Intense emotions are also frequently reported as seizure triggers (excitement, birthday parties, but also frustration). In order to reduce the risk of seizure, you may adapt your education methods (see Question 15).

Good sleep hygiene (sufficient sleeping time and a good balance between night and day) will help avoid sleep deprivation-induced seizures.


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