Convulsions are fits or seizures that occur when the brain functions abnormally. They cause sudden violent or irregular change of movement of a limb or the body. It also alters alertness. Convulsions are not limited to conditions such as epilepsy. They can be triggered by reactions to flashing lights, certain patterns on screens, toxins, head trauma or fever. Prematurely born babies or those suffering from fainting spells, breath-holding spells, night terrors, migraines or developmental disorders such as cerebral palsy are susceptible to seizures.
Published in January 2015