Even after they've been controlled with medication, seizures may affect areas of your child's life, such as attention span and learning. Your child will require close supervision for activities such as swimming. He or she will have to be seizure-free for reasonable lengths of time (intervals vary from state to state) before being able to drive.
You may find it helpful to talk with other people who are in the same situation you are. Besides offering support, they also may have advice or tips for coping that you haven't considered. The Epilepsy Foundation has a network of support groups, as well as online forums for teens and adults who have seizures and parents of children who have seizures. You can call The Epilepsy Foundation at 800-332-1000 or visit its website. Also, your doctor may know of support groups in your area.
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