Epilepsy is a condition where abnormal electrical activity in the brain causes seizures for no other obvious medical reason. About 0.6 percent of children up to age 17 have active epilepsy. The condition affects each child differently:
Epilepsy can be treated with medicines and surgery. Children with more severe epilepsy may benefit from a vagal nerve stimulator. This pacemaker like device controls signals along the vagus nerve in the neck to reduce and control seizures.
If a child has a seizure, it does not mean they have epilepsy. The number of seizures and the time frame when those seizures happen are important to diagnose epilepsy, a brain disease where normal nerve activity becomes abnormal.
Learn how the neurology team at Arkansas Children's Northwest diagnoses and treats both of these conditions.
Is looking at your child like looking in a mirror? Genetic traits passed along from parents to kids can create strong family resemblances. Genes can also pass along less obvious similarities, like being prone to headaches or migraines.
Learn the difference between a migraine and headache and how migraines can be prevented.