Epilepsy in Children and Teens

This information is useful for children
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For some children, epilepsy is a temporary problem that can be easily controlled with medication. Many kids outgrow this neurological disorder, which is characterized by two or more seizures that are separated from each other by more than 24 hours. For other children, epilepsy may be a lifelong challenge. 

It's important to first get an accurate diagnosis if you suspect your child might have epilepsy. “Sometimes babies and kids make funny movements, and these are misinterpreted as being seizures,” says Nigel Bamford, MD, a Yale Medicine pediatric neurologist and an associate professor of pediatrics and of neurology at Yale School of Medicine. “Older children often have ‘staring spells,’ but these are not seizures—they are often just daydreaming.” 

The Yale Medicine Pediatric Epilepsy Program is internationally known for clinical excellence and innovative research and was one of the nation's first such programs. Our pediatric neurologists are here to help diagnose and treat children with this condition—and support their families.

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