Epilepsy is a common condition that causes repeated seizures. The seizures are caused by bursts of electrical activity in the brain that aren't normal. Seizures may cause problems with muscle control, movement, speech, vision, or awareness. They can be scary.
Epilepsy affects each person differently. Some people have only a few seizures. Others get them more often.
It's normal to worry about what will happen to your child if he or she has a seizure. But it's also important to help your child live, play, and learn like other children.
Your child can take medicines to control and reduce seizures. And you can find ways to help keep your child as safe as possible. It may take time and careful changes by you and your doctor to find the right combination, schedule, and dosing of medicine to best manage your child's epilepsy.
Seizures may continue and become worse and more frequent over time.
Follow-up care is a key part of your child's treatment and safety. Be sure to make and go to all appointments, and call your doctor or nurse call line if your child is having problems. It's also a good idea to know your child's test results and keep a list of the medicines your child takes.
Call 911 anytime you think your child may need emergency care. For example, call if:
Call your doctor or nurse call line now or seek immediate medical care if:
Watch closely for changes in your child's health, and be sure to contact your doctor or nurse call line if:
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Current as of:
February 19, 2016
Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine
& Steven C. Schachter, MD - Neurology
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