My daughter is having bouts of staring into space and i have an appointment with the doctor about it. I am so worried. She is nearly three years old. It sounds like absence but anything i have read says it is normally from four years old up. I have always felt there was something about her i couldn`t put my finger on even though she has developed very well with her talking, walking and general learning. Because of my feelings i have been watching her intently searching for something to tell a doctor rather than just saying i feel there is something but i don`t know what. I noticed her staring alot of times now and she doesn`t answer when i call her so i feel this is the symptom i have been searching for. I am just afraid now too that the doctor will just think i`m paranoid. I know i`m not. Despite the fact that she is a very clever child she just goes so vacant sometimes. What will the dr. be doing to her at our appointment? Somebody tell me something. Please!?
My niece had abscent seizures as a child and that is exactly what she did. Your daughter should have an eeg done, if she is having seizures, the seizure activity will always show up in her brain waves. Try keeping track of when this happens to her and what shes doing before hand, if they are seizures, she may have particular triggers. It may be helpful. Good luck.
Yes, these do sound like absence seizures. They can and do happen before the age of four years. My son was an example of this. He had them from about two, and then went on to have partial complex seizures for about six years, then nothing. Fortunately he grew out of them. Try not to worry too much - I know it is hard not to - the seizures can usually be controlled by medication, and if your daughter has to have seizures, absence ones are the least distressing and disruptive of all. The very best of luck to you and your daughter. She is lucky to have such an observant mother.