Children and Seizures

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When children have seizures it can be frightening for them and their parents. At the Swedish Pediatric Neuroscience Center, we are here to help.

The Swedish Pediatric Neuroscience Center provides expert care in treating seizures and epilepsy in children of all ages. We provide comprehensive neurological care for infants to teenagers.

Our care team works with each child and family to create an individualized treatment plan to best meet the unique needs of your child. Our goal is help your child live a full and active life.

Our physicians specialize in the treatment of difficult-to-control seizures.

Understanding Common Terms

When searching for information about children and seizures, there are a few important terms that you should know:

A seizure is an episode of abnormal electrical activity in the brain. There are many different types of seizures.

Some seizures can cause unusual movements or convulsions, and others may be marked by changes in attention or behavior. It is possible to have only one seizure in your lifetime – caused, for example, by a fever or illness. A single seizure does not mean that your child has epilepsy.

Epilepsy is also known as a seizure disorder, which is defined by having two or more seizures.

About 2 to 3 million people in the U.S. have epilepsy. Approximately 0.5 percent of children in the U.S. are diagnosed with epilepsy.