What should I do to care for an epileptic child?

Diana K. Blythe, MD

Most rules for caring for an epileptic child are the same as caring for a child without epilepsy. You do not want them to swim alone, but no kids should swim alone. You want them to wear a helmet when riding a bike or skating, but all kids should wear helmets when doing those activities.

What differs is that you need to be aware of anything that can lower their seizure threshold, or increase their chance of having a seizure. For instance, kids who take epilepsy medication need to be extra careful when they are vomiting because they may not absorb their medicine. A missed dose here will lower the level of medicine in their blood and make a seizure more likely. In addition, fevers from regular childhood illnesses increase the likelihood of having a seizure. Even some medications may make their epilepsy medicines work differently. Make sure you talk to your child's neurologist about what to look for and what to do if a seizure occurs.

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