Regarding Epilepsy In Nursing Mothers?
Good night. Please provide information regarding:rn1. Is there any effect on the results of the EEG examination if the patient is having a headache at the time of the EEG examination?rn2. I was hesitant to breastfeed my baby because I was being given antiepileptic drugs by the doctor which were declared safe for my baby. Is the drug really safe for my baby?rn3. If I don’t take the epilepsy medicine during exclusive breastfeeding, what effect will it have on my baby?rnThank you.
We will generally answer some of your questions above.
1. EEG examination can be seen the electrical activity of the brain in various places. Some can show the presence of abnormal waves that can be inferred to certain diseases. But, of course, the conclusion of the diagnosis of the sufferer will be confirmed after seeing both the clinical/complaints and symptoms in the patient, as well as the results of the examination. Migraine-type headaches can trigger certain types of waves in the brain. The neurologist who treats you can certainly distinguish it from other diseases.
2. Epileptic drugs are generally safe for breastfeeding infants. These drugs can indeed be found in breast milk in very small amounts which are considered harmless. But it will only cause a mild sleep effect. You can consult with the doctor who treats you, if you want to combine breast milk with formula.
3. Epileptic drugs should be taken as directed. If not, the chances of your epilepsy relapse will be quite high. When caring for a baby, of course you don't want this epilepsy to recur, because it can be dangerous, not only for you, but also for the baby you are caring for. Follow the doctor's advice and if you are still not clear, please consult another neurologist to hear his opinion.
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