Dr. Ikenna Onwuekwe – A Professor of Neurology, has urged physicians and new mothers to pay good attention to babies during childbirth, noting that poor oxygen supply to the brain of a newborn can cause epilepsy.
Onwuekwe also noted that unborn babies whose mothers are infected with rubella – a contagious viral infection can also be exposed to the neurological disorder, adding that babies can be exposed to risk factors while in the womb.
He, however, clarified that there is a difference between epilepsy and isolated seizures which can occur from multiple causes.
He further stressed that epilepsy can be treated successfully with medications and if necessary, a surgical procedure.
According to Onwuekwe, children with epilepsy can develop normally and continue their education, while adults with the condition can be responsible members of family and society.