Seizures in Children
Seizures in children can be devastating to the parents. One moment a picture of health and the next your child is convulsing and/or non-responsive. What are the options for treatment? Do you have to use drugs? Is surgery necessary? How can you mitigate the feelings of panic? This website offers an alternative to medication. It can be used as a main or first line approach to managing seizures, or tried if medication has not been successful or satisfactory. This diet therapy has been started at Johns Hopkins hospital in Baltimore and is having surprising success. Please browse the links above for more information.
How Can I Control the Feelings of Panic and Helplessness?
Sometimes looking at why a problem effects us so much will give us a little relief.
We naturally want to protect our children: This is a good thing. We seem to be designed to worry and care for our children. When they are sick, we feel some stress. This anxiety can and should be focused to benefit the child. We use it to make special efforts such as getting up in the middle of the night to comfort our children.
When it comes to our children who suffer from epilepsy, we can use this same energy to focus on two things. First, finding the best solution for our child. Whether it be the Modified Atkins Diet,the Ketogenic Diet, medication, surgery or VNS, we can do the research and take the time find the best fit. The second thing we can do with this energy is focus on helping our child have as normal and positive of a life experience as possible. In many cases this battle begins between our own ears in the form of accepting the condition and learning to still have a positive (and thus healthy) view of our lot in life.
Seizures in children take away control. It is very common as parents to want to control our children’s environment, health, and education. Seizures threaten all sense of control. They come at unpredictable moments and while they are happening, there is often little or nothing we can do to help our child. This complete and sudden loss of control is very stressful for a parent.
To combat this problem, we need to remember we really can’t control our children. Control is an illusion. If you buy into it too much, the teenage years and beyond are going to be a rude awakening. Learning to live with, love, guide and protect our children is a much healthier way to raise children. Having an epileptic child may assist you to achieve this superior way of parenting.
Seizures in children are frightening. Let’s face it. Watching someone have a seizure is frightening, even traumatic. Watching your child have a seizure, especially the first time is terrifying.
We conquer our fears with knowledge and experience. Both come with time. After you’ve seen a number of seizures and internalize the fact that life on the other side of the seizure is pretty much like it was before, some of the terror eases. After witnessing enough seizures, provided they are not life and health threatening in of themselves, you may even get used to them (almost). The other part of the solution here is knowledge. Learning about epilepsy, and specifically what your child is suffering can eliminate much of the fear.
In the end, seizures in our children doesn’t have to be a terrible thing. In most cases, we can find a way to manage the seizures through medication or diet. In cases of intractable epilepsy, usually, a normal life can still be maintained through careful planning.