How does the doctor decide that my child has epilepsy?

'How does the doctor decide that my child has epilepsy?' image

When a child has seizures their GP will discuss referral options with parents whereby children may be seen by a Paediatric Neurologist. As there are currently five posts nationally (4 in Dublin, 1 in Cork) this may involve a waiting period. Whether the child is started on treatment in advance of seeing the Neurologist is a matter for the GP and parents. Many parents express concern about putting a child on medication at this stage whilst others are concerned about ongoing seizures. A detailed history is important when diagnosing epilepsy and there are many ways parents can be prepared to provide as much information as they can to the clinician.