Why does our daughter loose focus and stare into space?

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    croucherlj

    We have a daughter who turns 7 this fall. Over the last few months, we have noticed that at times she completely looses focus and just stares in space, as if she is daydreaming. When this happens, my wife and I call her name for a few seconds and sometimes even have to touch her shoulder to get her to respond. When she does, she cannot remember what she was thinking abut or what we were saying to her during this time.

    Overall, she is a very gifted, smart girl. She excels in school and reads at an advanced age. She is involved in piano, dance and soccer. Her teachers compliment her performance.

    This is our only child, so we are a bit confused and probably too worried about it, but are hoping for some advice.

    Thanks

    Larry and Jelka

    #1033581

    twinzplus3

    Did you know that seizures can manifest themselves this way? You should take her to the doctor and mention the symptoms. . .If you journal what you notice, you are more likely to get the doctor’s attention. Be specific. . .when, what was shedoing, how long was she “daydreaming” and what did you have to do to “bring her back.”

    #1033603

    QueenAngie

    Welcome to the board!

    Yes, take your daughter to the pediatrician with your specific details as Twinzplus3 suggests. I would have her examined by a pediatric neurologist too.

    #1033604

    DK615617

    Please listen to them, take her to the doctor. This can be a sign of a seizure disorder….hopefully that is not the case. But it would be better to figure out what is going on and get treatment if it is. Good luck to you.
    A lot of people in my family do this, but we “come back” without too much effort and no one has been diagnosed with a disorder yet. Although the pedi told me to keep an eye on both of my girls because of it.

    #1033614

    angelic_ky

    i was going to say the same as what has already been said… i had a friend at school who would do exactly as you said (often with a slight nodding to the head) and it was seizures

    #1033645

    croucherlj

    Thanks for all the advice. Went to the pediatric clinic this morning and they are referring us to a neurologist for a consult. Hopefully I am just overreacting.

    #1033646

    QueenAngie

    Please let us know how things play out.

    Wishing you & your family all the best!

    #1034476

    croucherlj

    Thanks for all the advice. We were referred to a pedi neurologist and she was formally diagnosed with absence seizures. It was very obvious when they conducted an EEG of her brain waves, especially when they used strobe lighting, which induced the seizures. They have her on the proper medication and we are glad we paid attention to the early signs.
    This is our only child right now and the scariest thing we have been through, especially during all the testing, but we are so grateful that we caught it early. Thanks for all the concern.:)

    #1034477

    Labhaoise

    Wow! I’m glad that you took her to get tests done, and now you have a result that you can treat before it got too bad.

    #1034514

    QueenAngie

    Appreciate the update!

    The friends online here are a wealth of advise.
    Amazing how most of the time they are right on target w/ suggestions and directions.

    #1034541

    DK615617

    Thank you for the update. Glad that you caught it early.

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