Facts About Seizures

Seizures occur when abnormal electrical activity in the brain causes changes in attention or behavior. Most seizures last from 30 seconds to two minutes and generally cause no lasting problems. Symptoms can vary widely and may include:

  • Jerky movements
  • Shaking
  • Muscle twitching or tightening
  • Loss of muscle control
  • Vision changes (such as seeing flashing lights)
  • Confusion
  • Loss of consciousness

In most cases, seizures occur for unknown reasons. New onset seizures can be a sign that epilepsy is starting up, which can be confirmed with diagnostic testing and rapidly treated with appropriate medications. Some seizures are precipitated by high fevers, particularly in young children up to the age of 5. More serious illnesses, such as brain tumors, infections, strokes, scar tissue and brain trauma also may cause seizures.

New Onset Seizure Clinic Offers Quick Access to Expert Care

For patient convenience and rapid access, the New Onset Seizure Clinic offers services at the main campus of UH Rainbow Babies & Children’s Hospital. To schedule an appointment, call 216-UH4-KIDS or request an appointment online at RainbowBabies.org.

If you have questions or would like to speak to the nurse coordinator, please call 216-286-6644. In addition, parents can call this same-day hotline during office hours if further seizures occur. The staff will provide continuity and schedule follow-up appointments to monitor your child’s progress. In an emergency, family members should always call 911.

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