For Parents

Managing Partial Seizures

A child who has partial seizures that affect his emotions or sense of the world around him may be intensely frightened by the episodes.

Children with this type of epilepsy need lots of reassurance -- and an adult who keeps track of how often the seizures occur. If they become prolonged and frequent, emergency treatment may be necessary.

Managing complex partial seizures requires gentle monitoring during the seizure, keeping hazards out of the way, reassuring the child in a calm voice, and keeping track of how long the seizure lasts.

Prolonged confusion and clusters of complex partial seizures may also require at-home therapy as prescribed, or emergency treatment.