Benign familial neonatal seizures or BFNS, is a rare genetic disease that occurs in infants. Newborn babies with this disease suffer frequent seizures in the first few months of life. A seizure occurs when the electrical signals in a person’s brain act irregularly. BFNS is a rare disease affecting less than 1 in 100,000 babies.
BFNS 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.
An EEG can be used to test for BFNS. 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