Benign familial neonatal-infantile seizures is a very rare form of epilepsy. Epilepsy is a disorder characterized by frequent seizures. A seizure occurs when the electrical signals in a person’s brain act irregularly. During a seizure, the person who is seizing may have a brief blackout, begin to droll or stare, shake uncontrollably, have random eye movements, temporarily stop breathing, experience muscle spasms or a drastic mood change.
Benign familial neonatal-infantile seizures is a very rare genetic disease. It is an autosomal dominant genetic disease. This means the condition is inherited (passed through families). We inherit our genes in pairs, one from each parent typically. Our genes are what control the growth, development and function of our bodies. If a mistake or error occurs in a gene, it can cause problems.
The symptoms occur from two days after birth until six months after birth. Usually the disease goes away by the time the baby turns one year old. Speak with your doctor about the best care for babies with this genetic condition. There are many support groups like the Epilepsy Foundation to help with your child’s illness.
Description Last Updated: May 30, 2018