This concise, accessible handbook for families, friends and carers of children with seizures provides all the information they need to approach seizures from a position of strength. Part 1 discusses types and causes of seizures, and what to do during a seizure. The medical concepts and technical terminology, as well as the available tests and treatments, including anticonvulsant medication, are clearly explained. The author also addresses some of the emotional and social issues that may arise, and there are chapters for kids and teens to read themselves or with their parents. Part 2 covers some of the most common epilepsy syndromes in more detail. Further reading and useful contacts are also provided. This reassuring, informal, and upbeat book will reinforce and help clarify the discussion with the child's treating medical professional.
Introduction. Part 1: Overview of Seizures and Their Care. Overview of Seizures. What to Observe During a Seizure. What to Do During a Seizure. Accident Precautions. Medical Evaluation of Seizures. General Principles of Anticonvulsant Treatment. On (and For) Teens with Epilepsy. For Kids to Read: What Are Seizures, Anyway? Part 2: Individual Epilepsy Syndromes. Introduction to the Epilepsies. Benign Rolandic Epilepsy (BRE). Febrile Seizures. Classic Absence Epilepsy ("Petit mal"). Juvenile Myoclonic Epilelpsy (JME). Tonic Clonic Epilepsy ("Grand mal"). Partial Complex Epilepsy. Infantile Spasms. Lennox Gastaut Syndrome. References. Further reading. Subject index. Author index.