Is ‘Zoning Out’ A Problem?

Dear Sara,
My youngest son Zach is nine years old. Sometimes he has staring spells and kind of zones out for a while. Other than this he seems OK and is doing well in school and socially. Is this something to be worried about?



Dear Ken,
This sounds like Zach could be having something called absence seizure. This is a type of epilepsy that affects mainly kids. Staring spells are the main symptoms. An incident usually lasts for a few seconds and ends as quickly as it begins. The child generally isn’t even aware that the seizure has occurred and has no after effects.
The good news is most kids with this condition usually outgrow it. You might want to make his pediatrician aware of Zach’s “zoning out” spells so that he can keep an eye on it.

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