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Posted by: Jo-Anne | 2007/11/30

Q.

10 month Epeleptic Son

My son was diagnosed with a mild form of absence epilepsy at the age of 9 months although the symtoms started a few months before that. This diagnosis was confirmed by a 24 hour eeg. He was perscribed Tegretol 2ml twice a day. I have decided not to put him onto the medication because of the side effects, especially during this vary fragile stage of his development.

He is developing slowly and currently doesn't have any inclination to get mobile. Is the epilepsy affecting his development? Have I made the right decision by not giving him the Tegretol?

I would appreciate some advice from a doctors perspective as well as from a parents perspective?

Many thanks

Expert's Reply

A.

Paediatrician

Tegretol is also known as carbamazepine if you want to read more about this medicine. I would have thought that it is not the correct treatment for absence seizures in an infant in any case. It is essential for you to consult a paediatric neurologist about your baby's absence seizures,there are experts in all the main centres.

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