Febrile Seizures (Pittaja Apasmara)
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Febrile Seizures-Pittaja Apasmara
Febrile Seizures is clinical condition described as seizures in children triggered by fever present in children below 5 years of life. They are the commonest provoked seizures affecting 3-5% children. They occur during fever in between 6 months and 5 years age in absence of the central nervous system infection in neurologically normal child. In Ayurveda, seizures can be correlated to apasmara vyadhi. Balapsmara is Apasmara Vyadhi in pediatric age group patient; and it is observed that the symptoms mostly come under the group of pittaja apasmara since the most important one is jwara.
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- Incidence – Commonest cause of convulsion in children affecting 3-5 % of Children.
- Predisposing factors – Genetic & Hereditary, Immature Brain, Predisposing Illness (Viral Infections, UTI)
- Clinical features – Febrile Convulsion occur in rising phase of temperature, but fever is the criteria for the convulsion and not the height or rise of fever, occurs within 24 hrs of onset of fever; maximum within 48 hrs.
Ayurvedic reference of Febrile Seizures-Apasmara
Pittaja Apasmara & Febrile Convulsion both are presented with
- Face turns blue or red
- Loss of consciousness
- Tonic clonic convulsion may or may not be a/w with uprolling of eyeball
Ayurvedic reference of Pittaja Apasmara
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Diet in Febrile seizure
Pathyam or Do’s in Febrile seizure
- Gently place your child on the floor or the ground.
- Remove any nearby objects.
- Place your child on his or her side to prevent choking.
- Loosen any clothing around the head and neck.
- Watch for signs of breathing problems, including bluish color in the face.
- Try to keep track of how long the seizure lasts.
Apathyam or Dont’s in Febrile seizure
- Do not try to hold or restrain your child.
- Do not put anything in your child’s mouth.
- Do not try to give your child fever-reducing medicine.
- Do not try to put your child into cool or lukewarm water to cool off
Yogic therapy in Febrile seizures
Yoga is supposed to reduce the hyperactivity of the systems of the body including brain. The regular practice of Yoga may help to prevent on set of seizures and reduce the intensity in some cases. Yoga could be a best add-on treatment along with medication.
The practices which are helpful in the management includes
Kriyas(cleansing techniques): Jalneti, Sutra neti
Yogasanas: Uttanapadasana, Pawanamuktasana, Vajrasana,Vajrasana, Ardha Matsyendrasana, Gomukhasana, Bhujangasana, Tadasana, Katichakrasana, Shavasana.
Pranayama:Nadishuddi, Chandra Nadi Pranayama, Ujjayi, Sitali and Bharamari
Ayurvedic treatment of Febrile seizures
- Panchagavya Ghrita
- Mahat Panchagavya Ghrita
- Brahmi ghritha
- Panchagavya Ghrita
- Saraswatha churnam
- Kalyanaka churnam
- Mahayogaraja guggulu
- Manasamritha gutika
- Bala thaila
- Chandanadi thaila
- Himasagara thaila
- Panchagandha churna
- Nasya (instillation of medicine through nose)
- Basthi(Enema therapy)
- Shirodhara (Pouring medicated liquids over forehead)
- Talam (Application of medicinal paste on bregma)
Single herbs used in Febrile seizures as per Ayurveda
- Shankhapushpi(Convolvulus pluricaulis)
- Aswagandha(Withania somnifera)
- Brahmi (Bacopa monnieri)
- Jyothishmathi (Celastrus paniculatus)
Article Written By: Dr. Sahil Gupta, Ayurvedic Allergist