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  • Seizures or convulsions refers to involuntary contractions of the muscles of the body, followed by loss of consciousness.

Causes of seizures:
  • Head injury.
  • Low oxygen to the brain.
  • Low glucose (diabetes).
  • Poison toxicity (alcohol, drugs, cleaning products).
  • Brain damaging conditions( infections or diseases).
  • High fevers in infants and children (below 6 years of age).

Signs of seizures:
  • Sudden unconsciousness or unresponsiveness.
  • Repetitive convulsive movements.
  • Rigidity and or arching of the back.
  • Breathing difficulty.
  • Clenching of the teeth.
  • Incontinence (urine or bowel movement).
  • After the seizure a person may have a post seizure state where he or she is dazed, acts strangely or is unaware of the surroundings. This state can persist for minutes to hours..

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