In generalised seizures the whole brain is affected by the abnormal electrical disturbance and the person becomes unconscious. In some cases, the period when the person is unconscious can be very brief and may be missed.
Seeing a child or anyone have a seizure can be quite frightening. It is important to remember that the child is unconscious during generalised seizures, so they are not aware of what is happening.
They may experience unusual symptoms before a generalised seizure that will alert them to a seizure starting. If this happens try to get them to a safe place, even if that is sitting on the floor.It is likely that this warning or aura is the beginning of the seizure in just one part of the brain, before it spreads to the whole brain.
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