For Parents

Introduction

About 326,000 American children under the age of 15 have epilepsy. It affects children at different ages, and in different ways.

For some, it will be a temporary problem, easily controlled with medication, outgrown after a few years. For others, it may be a lifelong challenge affecting many areas of life.

The good news is that medical treatment of childhood epilepsy is getting better and research towards a cure continues.

More medications to control seizures are now available. New drugs are being tested in children and in adults. Some of them promise fewer side effects and are easier to take.

For children whose seizures are not controlled by medication or who experience unacceptable side-effects, other treatments may be tried. These include surgery, the ketogenic diet and vagus nerve stimulation (VNS).

Mother and Daugher


To Learn More

» Treatment
The Epilepsy Resource Center offers information on a variety of topics including epilepsy treatment, medications, surgery, the ketogenic diet and vagus nerve stimulation.

» A Parent's Handbook
(PDF Format)
The guide covers such topics as what you should know about epilepsy and your child, how to access services and provides additional epilepsy resources.