Dec. 1-7 is Infantile Spasms Awareness Week
Dec. 1-7 is Infantile Spasms Awareness Week

Infantile Spasms (IS) are a medical emergency. Infantile spasms are a rare, but very serious type of seizure. Infantile spasms are caused by a condition in a baby’s brain and include repetitive, but often subtle movements—such as jerking of the mid-section, dropping of the head, raising of the arms or wide-eyed blinks. IS can be misdiagnosed as colic, reflux, or a startle reflex.

Together we can STOP Infantile Spasms!

Although awareness efforts are year-round, Infantile Spasms Awareness Week (ISAW) is held annually on December 1-7.

During ISAW 2017, the Infantile Spasms Action Network (ISAN) introduced the STOP Infantile Spasms mnemonic, an easy-to-remember acronym that is meant to help caregivers know what to do in the event of an IS.

See the signsClusters of sudden, repeated, uncontrolled movements like head bobs or body crunching.

Take a videoRecord the symptoms and talk to your doctor immediately.

Obtain diagnosisConfirm an irregular brain wave pattern with an EEG test.

Prioritize treatmentEnd spasms to minimize developmental delays

For more information on Infantile Spasms, visit our Infantile Spasms Awareness page.

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