Epilepsy is a neurological disease in which nerve signals in the brain are disrupted, often characterized by seizures. Beyond the surface, many other conditions and needs come along with epilepsy in children.
Accurate diagnosis is complicated but critical. Other conditions can mimic epilepsy and must be ruled out through critical analysis of the patient's history. A thorough understanding of the exact cause of the seizures can help inform the best individualized treatment.
Early diagnosis can help parents address seizures as well as identify and help other common conditions.
Comprehensive epilepsy care includes the treatment of issues associated with epilepsy that are below the surface, including learning disabilities, autism, attention deficit disorder, behavioral issues and depression.
These issues require treatment along with the epilepsy, which may include an individualized education plan, psychological evaluation and/or medication.
Everyday accommodations are also needed to address the epilepsy. Coaches, teachers and caretakers need action plans in case of seizure. Activities like swimming and climbing may need to be restricted or closely monitored.
Treatment should be tailored to the individual based on their specific seizure type and the underlying causes.
Treat the child, not the disease. The goal is to balance the treatments for epilepsy with consideration for the accompanying conditions. This requires a coordinated team of experts across multiple disciplines.
A child's team may include:
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