In our last article, we talked about the causes and symptoms of Epilepsy. As I mentioned in my last article that it is all about finding the real cause because once we know the cause, eliminating the same becomes very easy. In this article, I will be talking about Epilepsy treatment.
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Without any shadow of doubt, untreated, epilepsy can put the life of the child at risk, subjecting it to various accidents, because crises can occur at any time; when your baby is in water (epilepsy can lead to drowning), when he is on the road (epilepsy can lead to fatal falls) or even when he is eating his meal (epilepsy can lead to suffocation), and so on.
Treatments Of Epilepsy In Babies
1Anticonvulsants: Antiepileptic or Antiseizure Drugs
In most situations, it is necessary to administer anti-epileptic drugs; it is necessary to determine what is best for the child for the purpose of good crisis control. In case of epilepsy, anticonvulsants (drugs to prevent seizures) are brought into action. However, these specific medications can only be referred by a specialized neurologist.
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Do keep in mind that these drugs can prevent the recurrence of seizures, but they do not stop or cure epilepsy. However, they may have a number of side-effects such as irritability, hyperactive behavior, social isolation, and a few more. However, they do disappear after some time, once body get used to these drugs. It is not advisable to stop treatment without doctor’s approval. Moreover, it is only your neurologist, who can tell you about the success rate of the medication.
Ketogenic Diet is a method considered effective by many parents, especially for children who have crises while under medical treatment. This helps to reduce the number of seizures and their severity. It is also a form of medical treatment and is performed under the supervision of a physician and nutritionist.
Surgery involves removing or separating a part of the brain to stop or reduce the number of seizures. The type of operation depends on the type of epilepsy and occurrence of seizures.
Things To Keep In Mind
- It is extremely important to emphasize that during a crisis you have to keep calm and keep your baby safe.
- During seizures, be very careful about the objects that could hurt your kid. The idea is, to keep him away from those harmful object.
- Put something soft under his head.
- Rotate his body to one side, so that the liquid in the mouth can leak.
- Never put anything in his mouth and try not to immobilize him.
- Make sure all caregivers / accompanying people know about your kid’s epilepsy.
- Try to record the timing of seizures and if possible, film it. It will help your doctor as he will be able to understand it accurately.
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Treatment decisions are based primarily on the type of epilepsy and type of seizures – treatment that relieves a type of seizures, aggravates others. Age, health, and lifestyle are other important factors in choosing treatment.
It may take longer to find the best combination of drugs, by adjusting the doses, by testing multiple drugs. The goal is to prevent seizures and that too without causing much side effects. Once you get to know about the most effective treatment, it is very important that the patient must follow the same.
Why do we need to treat Epilepsy?
Actually, we all know that epilepsy can affect your baby’s childhood very badly. If left untreated, it can lead to many problems and your child may not be able to live a regular life or participate in various age-specific activities.
Although epilepsy has nothing to do with your kid’s academic performance, however, it can still affect his learning rhythm. Secondly, it can affect your baby’s school attendance because of his regular but necessary physician visits.
I have seen many parents treating their epileptic kids like an abnormal kid. However, I must tell them that epilepsy has no effect on children’s behavior. However, he may prefer to stay isolated because of his own inferiority complex due to these seizures.
Being a parent, you should understand this problem of your child, and you must behave in an appropriate manner. In simpler terms, you must not do anything that makes him feel bad or inferior.