Children with epilepsy are prone to having multiple seizures over a period of months to years. Your doctor will first try to rule out non-epileptic causes of childhood seizures, such as those caused by fever (febrile seizures) or head trauma. Reports from parents or others who may have witnessed a seizure can also help doctors determine the cause of a seizure.
If further testing is needed, your doctor may order an EEG to check electrical activity in the brain. Brain scans such as specially designed MRIs may also help determine whether epilepsy is causing a child’s seizures.