Currently about 325,000 American children under the age of 15 have epilepsy, with 200,000 new cases being
diagnosed each year, according to the Epilepsy Foundation of America. Epilepsy is a disorder involving repeated seizures, or episodes of disturbed brain function associated with changes in attention and/or behavior. Although some children will outgrow the
disorder or can have it easily managed through medication, others may be more severely impacted throughout their lives.
Kent Kelley, MD, Pediatric Neurology, tells parents, caregivers and teachers what they should know in the event of a seizure as well as some
steps they can take to prevent harm from seizures before they happen:
What do you do if you are around someone having a seizure? If you’ve had a seizure, what lifestyle changes do you need to make
to reduce your risk of further injury? These are important questions to consider when dealing with epilepsy.
Jaishree Narayanan, MD, Neurologist at NorthShore, provides her insight on ways to assist someone having a seizure and what you should do after suffering from a seizure:
Aside from never putting anything into a person’s mouth suffering from a seizure or forcibly holding them down, the following guidelines
(TRUST) should be followed:
After a Seizure: Precautions to Consider
After suffering from a seizure it is important to limit your risk for injury if another episode should occur. This can be done by following the precautions below:
Were the above tips helpful? Would you feel comfortable knowing what to do now if someone around you was suffering from a seizure?
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Nearly one in 100 people are affected by epilepsy, and yet there are many common misunderstandings about this condition. Epilepsy by
definition is characterized by recurrent, unprovoked seizures. A single seizure episode does not constitute epilepsy.
In recognition of
Purple Day—a day dedicated to increase awareness about epilepsy—Lawrence Bernstein, MD, Neurologist at NorthShore, identifies some of the common misconceptions about
What other misconceptions do you have about epilepsy? Are there other questions you have about this condition?