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Going to school can be stressful for children with epilepsy. They may worry about having a seizure in class or how other students will react. Parents are also anxious. They often worry that their child's teacher may not know how to handle an epileptic seizure, or that their child may be treated unfairly because of epilepsy.

In many cases, these fears turn out to be unfounded. Parents should know that epilepsy isn't that uncommon. There's a good chance that yours won't be the first child with epilepsy that the teacher has seen.

From: Epilepsy and Your Child's School WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

Solomon L. Moshe, MD. Professor of Neurology, Neuroscience and Pediatrics, Director of Clinical Neurophysiology and Child Neurology at Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Bronx, New York; past president of the American Epilepsy Society.

 William R. Turk, MD. Division Chief, Department of Pediatrics, Division of Neurology, The Nemours Children's Clinic, Jacksonville, Florida.

Freeman, J. et al. . 2nd ed. 2002. Seizures and Epilepsy in Childhood: A Guide

National Information Center for Children and Youth with Disabilities.

Nemours Foundation.

Epilepsy Foundation.

American Epilepsy Society.

National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke.

Epilepsy Foundation Entitled 2 Respect web site.

Medscape Epilepsy Resource Center.

Reviewed by Neil Lava on May 6, 2018

SOURCES:

Solomon L. Moshe, MD. Professor of Neurology, Neuroscience and Pediatrics, Director of Clinical Neurophysiology and Child Neurology at Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Bronx, New York; past president of the American Epilepsy Society.

 William R. Turk, MD. Division Chief, Department of Pediatrics, Division of Neurology, The Nemours Children's Clinic, Jacksonville, Florida.

Freeman, J. et al. . 2nd ed. 2002. Seizures and Epilepsy in Childhood: A Guide

National Information Center for Children and Youth with Disabilities.

Nemours Foundation.

Epilepsy Foundation.

American Epilepsy Society.

National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke.

Epilepsy Foundation Entitled 2 Respect web site.

Medscape Epilepsy Resource Center.

Reviewed by Neil Lava on May 6, 2018

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