Tips to Encourage & Support a Child with Epilepsy:
- Learn as much as you can about epilepsy.
- Discuss epilepsy openly and honestly with your child and help your child talk openly and honestly with others about epilepsy.
- Avoid saying things that could make your child feel like a problem or burden.
- Be positive.
- Praise your child’s success.
- Encourage sports, hobbies, and other interests.
- Help your child make friends.
- Work with your child to explain epilepsy to friends, relatives, teachers, and others.
- Continue family activities and traditions.
- Make time for yourself without feeling guilty. Respite allows you to take care of yourself so that you are physically and mentally better able to care for your child.
- Build a support network for you and your child.
- Establish routines, schedules and structure.
- Have your child take medication at the same time every day.
- Involve your child in taking charge of her medications.
- Make sure your child gets enough sleep to lower the risk of seizures.
- Schedule a regular time for homework.
- Epilepsy & My Child Toolkit: A Resource for Parents with a Newly Diagnosed Child (National Center for Project Access at the national Epilepsy Foundation)
People living with epilepsy can start to #AimForZero seizures by:
- Taking medication as prescribed
- Getting enough sleep
- Limiting alcohol consumption
- Striving to stop seizures