CHILDREN WITH EPILEPSY

Lynn Savill, 13 St George’s Crescent, Gravesend, Kent, DA12 4AR.
Telephone: 01474 351673

There are two things to consider if your child has epilepsy. One is what to do about the epilepsy. The other is what to do about the fits/seizures. All to often the natural anxiety of parents causes them lo confuse the two.

Generally, do try to adopt a positive attitude, and emphasize what your child can do, not what They cannot. It is negative to waste time and energy discussing why your child has epilepsy, or whose side of the family it came from.

Teach your child about epilepsy. The local group has many books on the subject. These are available for adults and also, easy to understand books, for children. Encourage your child to think of epilepsy as an occasional nuisance – life is full of them.

Every person has crisis points in life- For a young child with epilepsy, this may be accentuated- If the family anticipates them, and makes early contact with those who can help, there will be fewer problems.

Within the family, help should be the same for all of the children – the child with epilepsy needs the security of a strong family at home.

Your Doctor rarely sees your child in a seizure. Your observation of the time, type and duration of the fit, in detail, will help the doctors lo understand your child’s epilepsy Your Doctor will usually refer you to a Consultant. The consultant will see your child regularly and direct the treatment. If he prescribes medication ask him if there are any side effects to the tablets, what you should be aware of and watch out for. The modem treatment favors one drug To prevent the seizures In some cases, more than one drug might be necessary, but please ask if you are concerned Also ask about anything else that may be worrying you or that concerns you,

Let the child learn to swim – with you or a qualified instructor in the water. For fishing or boating it is possible to get special jackets.

Cycling-yes. Where possible the child should be with another person. Team games and sports should always be encouraged. Remember, children without epilepsy fall and have bump and bruises, it is pan of growing up Don’t slop your child from doing so much that the overprotection is more of a problem than the occasional seizure.

For further information please contact us (name & telephone no above)

Leaflet produced by Gravesend Epilepsy Network

Registered Charity No, 802373