Re: hi new & worried mum
It looks to me like epilepsy. Absence seizures usually start with children. I am now 18 years old and I was diagnosed with epilepsy when I was a baby. I also have absence seizures. Usually children grow out of it by age 14 or so. I stopped having them when I was about 9 or 10, but when I was 16, I relapsed and I've been having them ever since. Sometimes these seizures can happen a few times a day or even hundreds of times a day like mine were. If that is the case, you may notice your child have trouble staying attentive (especially in school. I had developed a slight learning impairment because I had those hundreds of seizures a day and had lots of trouble even hearing what the teacher was saying), or when they start talking and they "lose their train of thought" often, it is usually an absence. but sometimes they'll have one and resume what they were doing and won't even know it. Your best bet is to take him to a neurologist and schedule an EEG, where they will simply glue some wired in certain spots to his head, wrap it up so they won't fall off. Then they'll flash a strobe light at different frequencies to see if it triggers anything. After, he will be asked to do some deep breathing so he hyperventilates, which is a common trigger. Then he will have 30 minutes of rest time and the test will be over. It's actually pretty nasty when they try and wash out most of the glue cause it looks like you haven't washed in weeks. XD
Currently I take Lamictal, which is effective for absences. There are some side effects, but in most cases, your child will not have any. Epileptics can lead perfectly normal lives. The only time it has hindered me is when it comes to driving. I'm 18 and haven't been allowed to drive in three years. Hopefully your son will outgrow it by his pre-teens. Hope I helped.