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Epilepsy is a confusing and occasionally frightening subject to be faced with. This practical handbook answers 231 real questions asked by parents of children with epilepsy. Their experiences and the authors’ expert answers will give you the knowledge to help your child lead a happy, healthy and normal life. .
Epilepsy and your Child:
- Guides you through the difficult process of diagnosis and making treatment decisions.
- Contains letters from families describing their personal experiences of living with epilepsy.
- Gives practical advice on every aspect of bringing up a child with epilepsy, such as school, leisure time, relationships and other people’s attitudes.
- Explains all the medical terms in plain English.
- What happens in the brains of people who have epilepsy?
- My child has been diagnosed with a benign form of epilepsy. What is this?
- What is the Lennox Gastaut Syndrome?
- How can we know when something is a side-affect and not a new or a different illness?
- My husband is very upset about our daughter and won’t help at all; he just seems to want to ignore it. What can I do?
- Epilepsy scares me. Will this fear ever go away?
- Exactly what should we tell the school?
- What is the best age for our son to start taking responsibility for his own drugs?
- Our daughter wanders in her seizures. What should we do?
- We want to go on holiday abroad but are unsure about emergency medical facilities. Where can we find out more?
- Are there any sports my son should avoid?
Table of Contents
Part 1 Introduction
Part 2 What is epilepsy?
Part 3 Diagnosing epilepsy
Part 4 Treatment
Part 5 Is it an emergency?
Part 6 Feelings, families and friends
Part 7 School
Part 8 Practical concerns
Part 9 Travel and holidays
Part 10 Your child's social life
Part 11 Growing up
"It will take away the fear that every parent feels when their child is diagnosed" Felicity Dahl, Chairman of the Roald Dahl Foundation
About the Authors
Dr Richard E Appleton is Consultant Paediatric Neurologist and Director
of the Roald Dahl EEG Unit at the Royal Liverpool Children's Hospital
(Alder Hey). Brian Chappell is the National Manager, Neuroeducation, at
the Department of Neurosciences at York District Hospital, and a former
Director of Information and Training at Epilepsy Action. Margaret
Beirne is Senior Chief Clinical Physiologist at the Roald Dahl EEG Unit
at the Royal Liverpool Children's Hospital (Alder Hay).