49 absence seizures absence seizures are brief

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Unformatted text preview: sterile normal saline dressings over the sac. 49. Absence Seizures Absence seizures are brief episodes of altered awareness. No muscle activity occurs except eyelid fluttering or twitching. The child has a blank facial expression. These seizures last only 5 to 10 seconds, but they may occur one after another several times a day. Myoclonic seizures are brief random contractions of a muscle group that can occur on one or both sides of the body. Simple partial seizures consist of twitching of an extremity, face, or neck, or the sensation of twitching or numbness in an extremity or face or neck. 50. Increased Intracranial Pressure Decerebrate posturing is characterized by the rigid extension and pronation of the arms and legs 51. Hydrocephalus In infants with hydrocephalus, the head grows at an abnormal rate and if the infant is not repositioned frequently, pressure ulcers can occur on the back and side of the head. An egg crate mattress under the head is also a nursing intervention that can help prevent skin breakdown....
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