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    My 4 year old son woke up thursday night laughing hyterical we thought he was just having a funny dream.The next day he had 2 more laughing fits unprovoked and I caught them on video .He's seems to be having 2 a day. I'm starting to think something is wrong because when I watch the video his eye movements and hand movements are not normal. Does anyone here have any experience with gelastic seizures or seizures? I will post to the link to the video I took and I'm in the process of uplaoding 2 more.
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    Hi there and welcome to Braintalk :)

    I just wanted to say that nobody here can diagnose a condition, only offer an opinion, my opinion is that you show your doctor the video and if possible a neurologist.
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    ((((((momto3gents))))))

    Welcome to Braintalk~

    I'm sure that you must be very concerned about your son's episodic outbursts of laughter. I watched the video, but without sound.

    My youngest son had gelastic seizures (he had every kind of seizure), and we were able to discern the difference between normal laughter and gelastic seizures by the duration of the laughter and whether we could calm him to a non-laughter mode quickly.

    Recently, my oldest son has had a couple of laughing episodes, which we suspected were gelastic seizures.

    So, I am familiar with this seizure type. But I cannot state whether your son is having gelastic seizures.

    I encourage you to share the videos with your son's doctor, and ask for a referral to a pediatric neurologist.

    You are concerned, and you sense that this is not normal for your son. My motto is: Trust Your Gut.

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    Hello once again :)

    It was mentioned to me via one of our moderators that perhaps you should video one of your sons episodes without the other child (heard in the background laughing) to help show that he wasn't laughing because the other child was. It would make things clearer for the doctor(s) if they only heard you talking to your son and his laughter and replies.
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    Thanks everyone on Sunday night he had two tonic clinic seizures so I took him this children's hospital after the team if neurologist reviewed the video they said in fact they think it was a gelastic seizure he's been having up to two a day and I suspect he's having.g small seizures throughout the day his hands,eyes and face do weird movements. We went for a mri on Tuesday and I got a call from the pediatrician saying.g it was normal which is a relief. I'm still waiting on a call from the neurologist and we go back the 16th to see him. For the moms that have children with gelastuc seizures are they coherent during the seizure? Once again thanks for the replies we are on the road this getting this figured out.

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    ((((((momto3gents))))))

    So sorry to hear that your little guy had 2 tonic clonic seizures. It's good that you had the video to show the neuros, and a normal MRI is good news.

    I can't really answer your question about coherency during a gelastic seizure. My boys seemed to be aware, but they were not responsive, while they were laughing. Also, my boys had gelastic seizures as adults, which is quite unusual, because they typically begin between the ages of 2 and 4 years. More common in males than females.

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