Early detection of seizures could reduce associated morbidity and mortality and improve the quality of life of patients with epilepsy. In this study, the aim was to investigate whether ictal tachycardia is present in focal and generalized epileptic seizures in children. We sought to predict in which type of seizures tachycardia can be identified before actual seizure onset. Electrocardiogram segments in 80 seizures were analyzed in time and frequency domains before and after the onset of epileptic seizures on EEG. These ECG parameters were analyzed to find the most informative ones that can be used for seizure detection. The algorithm of Leutmezer et al. was used to find the temporal relationship between the change in heart rate and seizure onset. In the time domain, the mean RR shows a significant difference before compared to after onset of the seizure in focal seizures. This can be observed in temporal lobe seizures as well as frontal lobe seizures. Calculation of mean RR interval has a high specificity for detection of ictal heart rate changes. Preictal heart rate changes are observed in 70% of the partial seizures. Ictal heart rate changes are present only in partial seizures in this childhood epilepsy study. The changes can be observed in temporal lobe seizures as well as in frontal lobe seizures. Heart rate changes precede seizure onset in 70% of the focal seizures, making seizure detection and closed-loop systems a possible therapeutic alternative in the population of children with refractory epilepsy.