Why you should

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From the child's point of view it must be very confusing. He/she becomes sick. He/she is taken to a doctor. Strange people in a hospital place wires on his/her head. Afterwards he/she has to take medicine every day. Even a very young child will probably realise that something in his/her head is involved, and if his/her parents seem upset and anxious (as will likely be the case) he/she may feel that it is serious.

If the child is not given an explanation of what is going on and why he/she has to take medicine, he/she is left to make up his/her own reasons. Under these circumstances it is quite possible that what he/she imagines may be far worse than the truth.

Cases have been reported in which children associated seizures with death, with broken or missing brains, and with punishment for being bad. These may be extreme cases, but they do demonstrate how a child can misunderstand his/her condition, and become very anxious indeed about him/her self. So it is important that children with epilepsy should be given a factual explanation about seizures, which they can understand. This will help to prevent undue anxiety, and will lead to a better acceptance of the condition and of its treatment.