- All people with seizures and their families should know that the real goal of treating epilepsy is to stop seizures or control them as best as possible.
- But you are more than just a seizure and how epilepsy affects you and your family may be different from someone else. Don’t forget the most important goal of the Epilepsy Foundation – helping people with seizures and their families lead full and unrestricted lives according to their own wishes.
“No seizures, no side effects” is the motto for epilepsy treatment. Not every person will reach that goal right now, but research and getting the “right care at the right time” can help more people achieve it each year.
You may learn things here that can help you right away or later on. While seizure medicines are the mainstay of epilepsy treatment, there are other approaches to think about too. We hope these sections will help you learn about different treatments and get the help you need.
Many parents, family & caregivers have similar concerns regarding the care they give to people with epilepsy. When the person you care for is a child these concerns become more difficult and more important to address. In this section you will find common concerns about caregiving for epilepsy with a special emphasis on children.
Whether you are the parent of a child with epilepsy or the caretaker of a person with epilepsy, you have come to the right place.
- According to the latest estimates reported by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), about 0.6% of children aged 0 to 17 years have active epilepsy. When applied to the 2013 population, this is about 460,000 children aged 0 to 17 years.
- Of the 150,000 new cases of epilepsy diagnosed each year, approximately 50,000 of these cases will be diagnosed in children and adolescents under the age of 18.
- Epilepsy affects people at different ages and in different ways.
- For some, it will be a temporary problem, easily controlled with medication and outgrown after a few years.
- For others, it may be a lifelong challenge affecting many areas of life.