HELPING YOUR CHILD COPE WITH EPILEPSY: WHAT DO YOU TELL GRANDPARENTS AND YOUR FRIENDS?

When your child has had a second or third seizure, family and friends need to be informed. Your child has probably been started on medication and could experience side effects or even temporary changes in personality from the medication. The likelihood of your child having a further seizure is now high enough that family and friends should be informed. They should know what these “frightening episodes” look like and what they should do if another occurs. They should know about the various false myths about epilepsy. Most of the time your child will be normal. Make sure epilepsy is not blown out of proportion. Don’t let your friends and relatives dwell on it. If they understand, perhaps they can avoid the overprotection and restrictions that deprive your child of normal experiences.*180\208\8*

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