Most children with epilepsy lead full, active lives. Parents need to make sure that teachers, coaches, babysitters and others who are with their children when they are away from home understand what epilepsy is and what to do in case of a seizure.

Start by sending them this link to this website's What Everyone Should Know section or printing it for them. Following are some other links that you might want to direct them to:

Teenage years bring special challenges. For tips on helping your child through them, read the Adolescence and Entering Adulthood sections of this site. Encourage your teenager to visit the Epilepsy Foundation's eCommunities  Forum: Teen Zone

In a national survey, just about half of all teens had even heard of epilepsy. Two-thirds said that they wouldn't know what to do if someone had a seizure. Work together with your child's school to educate your child's classmates about epilepsy. For a great example, read this EpilepsyUSA article about how a high school student in Wisconsin and her school nurse teamed up to launch an epilepsy education program.

Lack of knowledge about epilepsy can lead to bullying or discrimination. If your child is facing such problems, visit the Helping Children Understand for suggestions.

Reviewed By: 
Joseph I. Sirven MD
Patty Obsorne Shafer RN, MN
Wednesday, March 19, 2014