Epilepsy is usually treated with medicines. If medicines don't control the seizures,
sometimes a special diet, such as a ketogenic
diet, is tried. A ketogenic (or keto) diet is a strict high-fat, low-carbohydrate
diet and can sometimes reduce seizures.
For hard to control seizures, doctors may recommend vagal nerve stimulation
(VNS), which is a device that stimulates the vagal nerve, or surgery.
How Can I Help My Child?
Most kids with epilepsy can lead a normal life. To help your child live better
with epilepsy, be sure he or she:
takes medicine(s) as prescribed
avoids triggers (such as excessive stress, lack of sleep, antihistamine drugs)
gets help for any learning or behavior problems
sees the neurologist as recommended
It's important to keep your child safe during a seizure. So make sure that other
adults and caregivers (family members, babysitters, teachers, coaches, etc.) know
what to do.