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Posted by Jean on May 29, 2000 at 23:29:40:

In Reply to: Can a child out-grow complex partial seizures? posted by Eleanor M on May 20, 2000 at 13:47:30:

: My son was 3 1/2 years old when he had his first seizure. This happened 2 years ago. He had a MRI and several EEG'S which showed no sign of epilepsy. Our neurologist says our son should out-grow the seizure disorder and as of May 1, 2000 we have started to wean him off of Dilantin. He has been on 150mg of Dilantin a day for the last 2 years. The neurologist stated that if our son has a seizure during this weaning period, he wants to put him on Tegratol. He suggested that we put our son on Tegratol last year, but we refused. Our son has been seizure free for 2 years on Dilantin, and we are terrified of seeing him have another seizure. I would like to hear from anyone who would like to share their experiences with us. Thank you for any information you can give us.


I was the facilitator for a support group, parentsof children with seizure disorders. I know many children who do outgrow their seizure disorders, some have seizures onset again with puberty.
I fervently hope that your son's brain has matured and that seizures will be a thing of the past for him.
Did your son have mostly febrile seizures?
Keep in mind, the child may outgrow them now, but there is an increased chance that there will be a reappearance of seizures with puberty.
Often there is not, but just something to keep in mind.
I don't want to worry you unnecessarily, but you do need to know the risks.
Good luck in weaning your son off the meds.

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