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12-05-2009 | New Beginnings - guide to your child’s epilepsy launched

12 May 2009
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Brainwave The Irish Epilepsy Association, is pleased to announce the launch of a new free booklet entitled New Beginnings - A guide to your child's epilepsy which is aimed at assisting parents and carers of children with epilepsy. The booklet is being launched as part of this years National Epilepsy Week (May 18-24)

Approximately 1 in 200 children in Ireland have epilepsy. Epilepsy is the most common serious neurological condition in Ireland. Many people with epilepsy have their first seizure in childhood or adolescence. However, most children with epilepsy enjoy a full and active life and only some continue to have epilepsy into adulthood. A diagnosis of epilepsy can have an affect on the entire family.

The booklet was developed in association with Our Lady's Children's Hospital Crumlin, The Adelaide and Meath Hospital Dublin incorporating The National Children's Hospital and through the support of an unrestricted educational grant by Sanofi-aventis. The booklet addresses the many questions parents have about epilepsy to help them understand and manage their children's epilepsy, including;

  • What is epilepsy?
  • How is epilepsy diagnosed and treated?
  • What to do when your child has a seizure
  • How to help your child live with epilepsy
  • What triggers epilepsy
  • How children can enjoy sport and leisure activities.

For a copy of your free booklet please contact your local Community Resource Officer or Head Office on 01-4557500 or email info@epilepsy.ie

For more information on chilhood epilepsy, see our Epilepsy In Children Section

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