Living with Epilepsy

Children and Teens

About 300,000 American children under the age of 14 have epilepsy. It affects children at different ages, and in different ways. For some, it will be a temporary problem, easily controlled with medication, outgrown after a few years. For others, it may be a lifelong challenge affecting many areas of life.

Epilepsy in Childhood

  • Currently affects more than 300,000 children under the age of 14.
  • May be time limited or long term. Early recognition and treatment are keys to the best possible outcome.
  • May be associated with serious, difficult-to-treat syndromes, including infantile spasms, Lennox-Gastaut syndrome, genetically related conditions, and developmental disorders.
  • Social impact in childhood is often severe, producing isolation and loss of self esteem.

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When Mom or Dad Has Epilepsy When moms or dads have seizures from epilepsy, their bodies do things they can't control. Not everyone who has a seizure acts the same way. Learn more about epilepsy and seizures, and moms and dads...

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