The brain controls how we think, how we move, what we see, hear, feel and automatic bodily functions, such as breathing, digesting and heartbeats. As I explained in this article, your baby’s brain is like the world’s most complex telephone system, transmitting messages and instructions (in the form of electrical impulses) from brain cell to brain cell and then to other parts of your baby’s body.
When there is a sudden disruption in the electrical impulses in your child’s brain, it can cause changes in behavior, movements, actions or consciousness for short periods. These changes are called seizures.
Within this complex organ, brain cells communicate by means of tiny bursts of energy or electrical signals. A seizure occurs when a group of brain cells (called neurons) has a sudden, erratic electrical discharge. What type of seizure your child has depends on where the discharge begins in your baby’s brain.