Knowing what to do when your child has a seizure and making sure they get the best treatment possible are some of the most important things you can do for your child. There are many types of treatments for epilepsy.
- Doctors usually recommend that children try medications first. They often have to try different antiepileptic (anti-epileptic) medications before they find the right one.
- If the medications don’t work or cause very difficult side effects, other treatments they might try include surgery, the ketogenic diet, or vagus nerve stimulation (VNS).
- Some people have also had success using herbs, vitamins, and other complementary therapies as well as medical treatment options, but you should always consult your doctor before trying them.
Parents and doctors need to work together to not only find the best treatment, but to make sure it continues to be the best option. New treatments are continually being developed. If, even with treatment, your child has seizures or worrying side effects, you should talk to an epilepsy specialist to see if there are other options you can try. It is important to be an active partner in your child’s care.