Living with Epilepsy

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.

People living with epilepsy can start to #AimForZero seizures by:

  1. Taking medication as prescribed
  2. Getting enough sleep
  3. Limiting alcohol consumption
  4. Striving to stop seizures