Children - Living with epilepsy

Parentree-editors 2009-08-21 09:44:03

Children with epilepsy can go on to lead happy, active, successful lives except in the most extreme cases. Here are some tips that parents can use when they have a child with epilepsy.

  • Ensure that your child is taking their medicines, on time and the right dosage
  • Take them for periodic visits to the doctor
  • Do not add to much stress on them as stress can be a trigger for seizures (eg., exams etc.,)
  • Help them avoid conditions like fever which can also trigger seizures
  • Avoid physical activities that cause excessive stress
  • Avoid physical activities that could pose a risk to life if a seizure occurs (swimming etc.,) 
  • Communicate your child's conditions to the people who need to know. The class teacher maybe the most important. Give him or her instructions on what to do if your child has a seizure. You can also have them remind your child to take the epilepsy medicine.
  • If you have older children with good friends, talk to the latter about how to help if a seizure happens. Have them remind your child 

In all of this, remember to talk to your child

  • Educate them about what epilepsy is and what it is not.
  • Teach them about how they can help reduce the risk of seizures (see above)
  • Children may not understand what is going on with them and the world around them can be cruel.  Keep talking to them and make sure they are not being harassed.
  • And your child may like to see this list. It is a list of famous epileptics.
  • Do not try to hide your child's condition or hush it up. If you do this, you are sending the wrong message to your child that their condition is something to be ashamed of.

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