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What should you keep in mind if your child has epilepsy?

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  • Most children who have a seizure don't have another one.
  • Most children who have epilepsy -- which by definition means that they've had more than one seizure -- will outgrow the condition.
  • Most children with epilepsy are perfectly healthy and normal in other ways.
  • 70% to 80% of children with epilepsy can control the condition completely with medication.

From: Epilepsy in Children 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. . 3rd 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.

Reviewed by Neil Lava on May 06, 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. . 3rd 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.

Reviewed by Neil Lava on May 06, 2018

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