Risk factorsBy Mayo Clinic Staff
Certain factors are common to children who have absence seizures, including:
June 03, 2014
- Age. Absence seizures are more common in children between the ages of 4 and 10.
- Sex. In general, most seizures are more common in boys, but absence seizures are more common in girls.
- History of febrile seizures. Infants and children who have seizures brought on by fever are at greater risk of absence seizures.
- Family members who have seizures. Nearly half of children with absence seizures have a close relative who has seizures.
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