Childhood epilepsy is the single most common brain disorder in the United States, with more than three million diagnosed with this condition. Almost two-thirds of children diagnosed with epilepsy will eventually outgrow their seizures upon reaching their teenage years. Despite this, it is still essential that parents monitor their child’s health, maintaining a healthy lifestyle and taking their child in for regular doctor’s visits.
Though each child will experience epilepsy differently, improvements in treatment options have made it so that most can manage seizures effectively by using anti-seizure medications. Even for those who still experience seizures even while taking medications, there are alternative treatment options available that can be effective. In these cases, dietary treatment options (following a ketogenic diet), vagus nerve stimulation (VNS), or brain surgery may be alternative considerations.
Even in children that do not only have one seizure or don not quickly outgrow their seizures and need treatment with medication, but the long-term effects also are typically small and do not warrant too much worry.