Seizure Types

Dravet Syndrome is characterised by prolonged recurrent seizures that usually start in the first year of life. As the condition progresses, other seizure types can occur.

Seizures are classified into three major types depending on the part of the brain they affect:

In addition, seizures may be classified based on their cause (e.g. febrile seizures or seizures caused by high temperature) and/or their symptoms (e.g. myoclonic seizures, clonic seizures, tonic seizures, tonic-clonic seizures, absence seizures, atonic seizures, focal impaired-awareness seizures).

Follow the links below to find detailed information about each type of seizure in the context of Dravet Syndrome.

Seizure Diary

Many families report that keeping a seizure diary, or tracking seizures, is very useful. Not only is it helpful for families to keep an eye on any seizure patterns, it can prove incredibly helpful for your medical team to see a possible correlation between seizures and medications. A simple diary can be filled in by hand, noting things such as seizures, medications, child’s general health and well-being, or there are a number of Apps or websites that can be found online. Check our 'Useful Links' for examples.