High-level potassium can increase seizures and other neurological symptoms in children, according to new research published in the journal Neurology.
The findings could lead to new guidelines to limit potassium levels in children and adults, as well as help researchers understand the effects of high-dose alkaline potassium on brain function and cognition.
Researchers at the University of Iowa examined children with epilepsy, which affects more than a quarter of the world’s population, from ages 0 to 11.
They then followed up with the children over several years.
The children received doses of high potassium, as high as 1,200 milligrams per kilogram of body weight, or about two or three times the recommended daily dose of potassium, or 600 milligram per kilo.
These doses caused brain damage in the children.
In one study, a 10-year-old girl experienced a complete seizure.
Her seizure lasted for more than two minutes, and it was not controlled by other drugs or medication.
Her seizures were also often followed by prolonged restlessness, which increased the risk of seizure initiation.
The seizures persisted for two years.
The study also found that children with seizures tended to have a poorer memory for the events that occurred in the last two weeks of the study.
The children’s brain activity also tended to be lower during the seizures.
This research was published online in the Journal of Neurology Disease & Therapy.
This is the first study to use the brain-wave recordings to look at the effects on the children of high doses of potassium.
The research team also looked at the children’s epilepsy history.
They found that when the children received high-level doses of the potassium, they experienced a decrease in seizure duration and in the frequency of their seizures.
This decreased frequency was accompanied by an increase in the activity of the brain’s basal ganglia, which plays a role in regulating seizure frequency.
This pattern was observed in the study of both epileptic children and healthy controls.
The researchers suggest that the decreased frequency and activity of this part of the basal ganglion network may play a role during seizures.
The study team also noted that the brain activity of children with high-levels of potassium also decreased during the time the children were receiving high-quality therapy, and that this decrease in activity was associated with a reduction in the number of seizures.
The authors also noted a correlation between the amount of potassium the children had received and the amount they experienced in the first three months.
This study suggests that children who received high doses may have an increased risk of developing epilepsy.
This could lead researchers to better understand the relationship between high levels of potassium and brain damage and cognitive impairment in children.