Epilepsy is a condition that affects approximately 1 in 200 children. It is a complex condition and can present in many ways.
Diagnosis is not straightforward and may take months and possibly years as other conditions may need to be ruled out.
Epilepsy is not just a medical condition. There are many emotional issues that may arise for the child and the whole family.
The child’s school will need to be informed, and everyone around the child will need to know about first aid for seizures and what to do if a seizure lasts longer than expected. Schools will need to consider safety precautions to let the child take part in all activities.
It is important that family life continues as normally as possible. Parents will have to balance their desire to protect their child with the need to give them enough freedom to develop their self esteem. The needs of siblings are also important.