By Martin L. Kutscher
This concise, obtainable instruction manual for households, pals and carers of kids with seizures offers all of the info they should procedure seizures from a place of strength.
Part 1 discusses kinds and reasons of seizures, and what to do in the course of a seizure. The scientific thoughts and technical terminology in addition to the to be had assessments and coverings, together with anticonvulsant drugs, are in actual fact defined. the writer additionally addresses a few of the emotional and social matters which may come up, and there are chapters for children and teenagers to learn themselves or with their mom and dad. half 2 covers one of the most universal epilepsy syndromes in additional element. additional analyzing and worthwhile contacts also are provided.
This reassuring, casual, and upbeat e-book will make stronger and support make clear the dialogue with the kid's treating general practitioner.
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Additional info for Children With Seizures: A Guide For Parents, Teachers, And Other Professionals
Vitamin supplements are sometimes useful to counteract certain possible side effects of the anticonvulsants: • Folic acid may help reduce the incidence of fetal defects occurring when mothers take certain anticonvulsants while pregnant. This is most important when taking valproic acid (Depakote), but also applies to other antiseizure medications. Most females on anticonvulsants of childbearing age should be taking two mg of folic acid/day. Certain patients should be taking four mg/day, such as patients taking high doses of valproic acid (more than 1000 mg/day) or with a family history of spinal cord defects.
The ambulatory equipment may not be quite as sensitive for some types of seizures as the in-patient monitoring, and does not include a video portion for the doctors to see. Also, some children need the support of the in-patient EEG technicians in order to keep the leads on. If one EEG does not give the required information, repeating the study significantly increases the yield and accuracy of detecting a seizure disorder. EEGs are typically performed at the time of initial diagnosis; when there are any changes or “surprises” during treatment; and when it is time to consider tapering the medication.
There is no getting around it. Additionally, the lifestyle of a child only becomes more risky and less supervised as the child gets older—such as driving and (for girls) pregnancy. It is better to see if a child still needs medication well in advance of such events. In particular, it is less disruptive if a teen can be off medication for at least a year before reaching driving age. ) Also, remember that the chances of being hurt by a relapse is very low—your child has already had one or more seizures, and she’s doing fine now, isn’t she?