It’s Infantile Spasms Awareness Week, and we’re getting the word out about these often devastating seizures. Infantile spasms, also known as West Syndrome, is a rare and particularly severe epilepsy syndrome that typically begins within the first year of life. Identifying, diagnosing, and treating infantile spasms is critical to preventing cognitive and developmental delay. Sadly, many primary care doctors and parents alike are not familiar with the signs and symptoms of infantile spasms.
Amy Brin Miller, Executive Director of the Child Neurology Foundation, discusses how to tell if a baby is having spasms, steps parents should take if they suspect their child has infantile spasms, and why early intervention is critical.
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