What causes seizures right after birth?
The underlying causes of neonatal seizures vary. They include:
- Lack of oxygen before or during birth;
- Infection acquired before or after birth;
- Stroke before or after birth;
- Blood clot or bleeding in the brain;
- Birth defects;
- Chemical imbalances;
- Metabolic disorders;
- Drug withdrawal.
About half of babies who experience seizures after birth will develop epilepsy later in life.