Petit mal seizures occur in 25% of all epilepsy patients and 5% of pediatric epilepsy patients (are most common between ages 3-15 years). They occur frequently (multiple daily episodes) usually shortly after awakening or during periods of inactivity.
The clinical manifestations are:
Management of petit mal seizure and absence seizures is to protect the victim from injury. Even with no assistance from staff there is little or no danger of death to the victim. Most seizures last from five seconds to two minutes. Should a seizure last longer than this, the following steps should be taken:
If the seizure lasts more than 5 minutes:
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