Mom Shares Video of Her Baby Having a Seizure to Help Other Parents Learn the Signs

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It isn't every day that you find someone who is willing to share actual footage of one of the most painful parts of their child's life in order to help other people. But that's exactly what mom Sherrie Judd did. Hoping to show other parents the signs of the epileptic seizures her daughter suffers through, Sherrie shared footage of the terrifying spasms her baby experiences to help other parents learn the signs and symptoms.

  • Sherrie's 6-month-old daughter, Adalind, is one of about 30 kids in Australia who are diagnosed with infantile spasms each year.

    The spasms are a form of epilepsy that affects babies and toddlers who are under the age of 2. While the condition is still considered to be relatively rare, the Infantile Spasms Project reports that there are 2,000-4,000 new cases reported in the U.S. each year.

    Some of the parents of Australian infants and toddlers affected by infantile spasms have banded together to show other parents what these seizures look like so that they can easily spot them in their own children.

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  • The video shows six children, all of whom are experiencing seizures that cause them to do things like move around, jolt suddenly, and blink rapidly.

    Sherrie Judd's daughter is one of the six kids in the video, and she told Australia's that her family was on vacation when her little girl began behaving strangely. "Her eyes were rolling up a bit, and then she would go back to normal, and then maybe 20 seconds later it would go again," she said.

    While she and her husband thought the behavior was odd, they didn't think it was severe enough to be concerned at first. Still, to be safe, they took their daughter to a local emergency room to be checked out.

  • Adalind's doctors found extreme abnormalities in the electrical patterns in her brain.

    After being diagnosed with West Syndrome -- a severe form of infantile spasms that causes her to have clusters of seizures -- she was taken to another hospital where she began treatment immediately. 

    Judd shared that it was lucky the family noticed the seizures so early, as they could cause serious brain damage in children if left untreated. “It was good it was done so quickly because it means the outcomes are as good as they are, in that she can sit up, she can crawl, she can say ‘mum’ and ‘dad’. And there are cases that are a lot worse than Adalind’s," she said.

  • There are "countless" things that cause infantile spasms, ranging from brain injuries to birth abnormalities.

    Even after medical evaluation, at least 10 percent of children diagnosed with infantile spasms never get a concrete explanation for why they've developed seizures. The Child Neurology Foundation says that many children who are diagnosed with infantile spasms stop having them around the age of 3 or 4 and go on to live normal lives. Other kids suffer through them much longer, develop other forms of epilepsy, and are left with neurological side effects. 

    Currently, Adalind has about two to four seizures a day.The medication she takes has dramatically reduced the electrical activity in her brain, and doctors say that there is still a chance her seizures will stop completely one day. 

  • Sherrie Judd says she wanted to participate in the video so she could make other parents aware of the warning signs.

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    “I hate the idea of someone going through this, and so I thought they could watch the video and say ‘Hey, it could be this and get appropriate action," she told "We were lucky, we were really lucky that way it happened. Not everyone is so lucky.”

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