Epliepsy is a common medical condition that affects about 1 in every 103 people. Nearly 3 million people in the U.S. are affected by epilepsy and seizures, with about 200,000 new cases diagnosed every year (epilepsyfoundation.org).
Epilepsy causes seizures and affects a variety of mental and physical functions. It is also known as a seizure disorder. When a person has 2 or more unprovoked seizures, they are considered to have epilepsy (epilepsyfoundation.org).
The only visible symptom of epilepsy is recurring seizures, caused by too much electrical activity in groups of neurons in the brain (epilepsyresearch.org.uk).
Seizures can last anywhere between a few seconds to a few minutes. The symptoms can be obvious like convulsions and loss of consciousness or can even be unrecognizable like blank staring, lip smacking, or jerking movements of arms and legs (epilepsyfoundation.org).
There are about 400,000 children in the U.S. who have epilepsy. Most children with epilepsy are perfectly healthy and typical in other ways and 70%-80% of them can control their condition completely with medication and lead normal lives. And most children with epilepsy will eventually outgrow the condition (webmd.com).
Having a child with epilepsy means that you’ll have new responsibilities. You need to make sure that your child takes medications and learns how to avoid what triggers seizures (webmd.com).
Here are some ways to lower your child’s risk of injury (webmd.com):