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Do seizure disorders affect children differently than adults?

Dr. Jeanne Morrison, PhD
Family Practitioner

Yes, seizure disorders, also known as epilepsy, affect children differently than adults. Children are more likely than adults to develop epilepsy. This may be due to the fact that their brains are still developing and are more susceptible to damage. However, children are also very resilient. Over 50 percent of children whose epilepsy is controlled with medication will eventually be able to discontinue their medication and live seizure-free. Some types of surgery that are used to treat epilepsy are primarily performed on children, partly because their brains are better able to adapt and heal after the surgery. Some studies have found that a low-carbohydrate, high-fat diet (known as a ketogenic diet) may help children with epilepsy have fewer seizures. Some children with epilepsy may have trouble concentrating and learning, due at least in part to the side effects of antiepileptic drugs. These children may need special educational support.

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