Epilepsy Medical Reference
What to Do When Your Child Has a Focal Onset Seizure
- Diagnosing Focal Onset Seizures in Children
Focal onset seizures can cause scary symptoms in your child. Find out what tests your doctor can do to diagnose seizures and what’s causing them.
- Children With Focal Onset Seizures: Precautions to Take
Seizures don’t have to run a kid’s life. See how with some planning and a few limits, your child can do most of what their friends do.
- Focal Onset Seizures in Children
A seizure in a child is frightening, but knowing the signs of the different types of focal onset seizures is your first step to controlling them.
- Treating Focal Onset Seizures in Children
When your child has focal onset seizures, you may feel powerless. Get to know your treatment options and take back control.
- What to Know About Seizure Alert Devices
Find out what you need to know about seizure alert devices, and discover the pros, cons, risks, and benefits, and how they work.
- Tests to Diagnose Dravet Syndrome
It can take time to get a diagnosis of Dravet syndrome. Learn about the kinds of tests your child might need to confirm that they have this rare form of epilepsy.
- Complications of Dravet Syndrome
Dravet syndrome can cause a variety of complications, from speech and language delays to having a hard time walking.
- How Children Can Avoid Dravet Syndrome Triggers
Temperature extremes, a fever, and flashing lights are just a few of the triggers that can set off seizures in children with Dravet syndrome. Some careful planning can help cut down on the number of seizures your child gets.
- Managing and Treating Dravet Syndrome
Learn how medicine, diet, and other treatments can help your child manage the seizures that are the main symptoms of this rare form of epilepsy.
- What Are Seizure Clusters?
A seizure cluster is a group of seizures that happen within a short time. Learn more about what they are, who gets them, and how they're treated.
- Treatment Options for Seizure Clusters
If you have cluster seizures, it’s important to stop them quickly. Learn more about ways to treat cluster seizures.
- Seizure Cluster Triggers
When you know what triggers your cluster seizures, you can plan ahead to prevent them. Learn more about what makes cluster seizures more likely.
- Migraines and Epilepsy: Is There a Link?
Migraines and epilepsy often go hand in hand. Learn more about why people with epilepsy are more likely to have migraines, and vice versa.
- How to Treat Focal Onset Seizures in Children
Learn about the treatments your child may get for focal onset seizures, which used to be called partial seizures.
- Symptoms of Focal Onset Seizures in Children
Learn about the symptoms your child may have when he gets a focal onset seizure, which used to be known as a partial seizure.
- What Are Focal Onset Seizures in Children?
Learn about the causes and types of focal onset seizures in kids, which used to be called partial seizures.
- What to Do During Your Child's Focal Onset Seizure
Learn how you can keep your child safe and comfortable if she has a focal onset seizure, which used to be known as a partial seizure.
- Tests to Diagnose Focal Onset Seizures in Children
Learn what kinds of tests your child may need to get to help find out what's causing focal onset seizures, which used to be known as partial seizures.
- Everyday Tips for a Child With Focal Onset Seizures
Can your child go on field trips, play sports, or travel if he has focal onset seizures? Learn how to plan your child's activities so he can safely join in the fun.
- What Is a Seizure With Aura?
Do you have auras before you have seizures? An aura can be an odd feeling or warning that an epileptic seizure is about to happen, but you may not even remember having them.
- What Are the Stages of Seizures?
If you or a loved one has epilepsy, understanding how a seizure unfolds may help you better manage the condition.
- What Is a Complex Partial Seizure?
Find out about the signs, causes, and treatments for the most common type of seizure in adults with epilepsy.
- What If My Epilepsy Treatment Doesn’t Work?
It's not unusual for your first epilepsy treatment to fail. What happens next?
- What Is Status Epilepticus?
Most seizures last less than 2 minutes. Status epilepticus seizures keep going, or they come nonstop, one after another. Learn how to recognize this medical emergency.
- Deep Brain Stimulation for Epilepsy
Find out why a treatment called deep brain stimulation may help reduce the number of epilepsy seizures you get if other treatments haven't helped.
- Complementary and Alternative Therapies for Epilepsy
Find out if complementary and alternative therapies like acupuncture, vitamins, and herbal remedies can help reduce seizures if you have epilepsy.
- What Is Dravet Syndrome?
This rare form of epilepsy strikes babies and causes seizures that recur over time. Learn what causes Dravet syndrome, how it’s diagnosed and what the treatments are.
- Help When Epilepsy Treatment Doesn't Work
The causes, symptoms, and treatment of refractory epilepsy, which develops when your seizures aren't brought under control by medicine.
- Lennox-Gastaut Syndrome
The details about this rare form of epilepsy.
- Photosensitive Epilepsy
WebMD explains the triggers, symptoms, and prevention of photosensitive epilepsy.
- Epilepsy Treatments: Find the Right Medication
WebMD helps you navigate epilepsy medications to find the most appropriate one for you.
- Causes of Epilepsy
WebMD explains the causes of epilepsy and what can trigger seizures. Also find out about the connection between epilepsy and head injuries, stroke, drug abuse, and more.
- What Is Juvenile Myoclonic Epilepsy?
WebMD explains juvenile myoclonic epilepsy, including symptoms, causes, tests, and treatments.
- What to Do When Someone Has a Seizure
Watching someone have a seizure can be frightening. What can you do to protect someone from harm?
- Should You Switch Epilepsy Medications?
If your epilepsy drug isn't working for you, it may be time to switch medications. Here's what you need to know.
- Understanding Temporal Lobe Seizure -- Symptoms
Temporal lobe or psychomotor seizures are caused by abnormal electrical activity in one area of the brain. Learn about the symptoms.
- How to Care for Someone Having a Seizure
Home care with epilepsy varies with the frequency and type of seizures. Find out what you can do.
- Symptoms of Epilepsy and Seizures
There are several types of seizures in epilepsy and some you might not even notice in your child. Learn what to look for.
- Women, Pregnancy, and Epilepsy
Women with epilepsy overwhelmingly have healthy babies. But it's important to work closely with doctors throughout the pregnancy to ensure that they are taking the right epilepsy medications and other supplements to prevent against birth defects. WebMD tells you more.
- Birth Control for Women With Epilepsy
Epilepsy drugs can make some birth control methods less effective. WebMD explains.
- Women and Epilepsy
WebMD looks at the unique issues facing women with epilepsy.
- Epilepsy and Your Changing Hormones
A woman's hormone levels seem to play a role in epilepsy -- especially during puberty, ovulation, and menopause. Learn more from WebMD.
- Working With Your Doctor for the Best Epilepsy Treatment
If you've just been diagnosed with epilepsy, you will want to know all your options for treatment. WebMD explains various medications and surgical options to control seizures.
- New Moms With Epilepsy
New moms who have epilepsy have unique concerns about their baby's safety. WebMD offers tips on breastfeeding, bathing, carrying your baby, and more.
- Drug Treatments for Essential Tremor
Drugs most commonly used to treat essential tremor (ET) include beta-blockers and epilepsy drugs. Learn more from WebMD about these and other treatments and their side effects.
- Can You Prevent Seizures?
Whatever the cause, you can usually take steps to help prevent or limit how often you get them. Find out what might trigger a seizure.
- Glossary of Epilepsy Terms
WebMD provides a list of terms associated with epilepsy and their definitions.
- Epilepsy: Frequently Asked Questions
Answers to frequently asked questions about epilepsy.
- If Your Child Has Epilepsy
If your child has epilepsy, your to-do list is different from that of a parent of a child that doesn't have it. These tips may help make things a little bit easier.