Childhood Diseases

Question
Posted by: Lauren | 2008/05/27

Q.

Petit Mal vs Daydreaming

My son aged 6 has a lack of concentration at school. He's teacher thinks it might even have Petit Mal. I have noticed he's daydreaming too. But only happens when he's bored. When he's busy with something he enjoys it doesnt happen. Anyone had similar experiences? And what tests are required to confirm this?

Expert's Reply

A.

Paediatrician

Your son may be having a problem called absence episodes or petit mal which is a form of epilepsy. The only way to confirm the diagnosis is to do a test called an EEG. Speak to your paediatrician.

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Posted by: Nico | 2008/06/08

I am 33 years of age and this absence spells suddenly started happening with me since the beginning of 2008. I sometimes loose long times out of my day that I can not recollect for. The doctors blames it on petit mal, but they could not find any proof from all the hundreds of tests they performed on me. Most of the websites I enter refers it to a health issue among children. Why is it happening to me at this age then and how do I treat it properly. I am fearing for the safety of my wife and two young children in my presence.

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