When your child learns a friend or loved one is diagnosed with epilepsy they are bound have questions. Since the disorder is highly complex it can be tough to find a way to make the topic kid-friendly.
As a person living with epilepsy, I'll be honest, it took me a solid two decades two really come to terms with my epilepsy. It's not that I denied it or hid from it, I just tried to convince myself that it was no big deal. The thing is, it is a big deal. Doctors will tell you finding ways to cope with your epilepsy can be as difficult, and as important, as finding a treatment that works. As much as I hate to admit it they are right. Here are a few tips that may make the process a little easier:
There are also lots of myths about people with epilepsy. Have you ever heard that people with epilepsy can't or shouldn't have sex. That definitely falls into the myth category. Read more at sex and epilepsy.
Check it out and let me know what you think.
Wouldn't it be great if there were 5 simple bullet points that you could provide as an answer that wouldn't scare the pants off the person asking? Now there is.
Check out my article on the 5 things you need to know if someone has a seizure. This simple 5 step plan provides you with a quick, hr friendly, school friendly, even boyfriend friendly answer to the question: "what to do if someone has a seizure."
The researchers tracked a group of 70,000 Danish children for about 12 years. The kids who were breastfed for their first 3 months had a one in 135 chance of developing epilepsy. Those that were breastfed for 6 months had a one in 150 chance. The incidence dropped even lower for those breastfed for at least 9 months, with a one in 200 chance.
Although this is a new study that requires more testing, there is no harm in breastfeeding to prevent seizures if this connection is accurate. In general, breast milk has beneficial health aspects, providing essential nutrients for baby's brains. The World Health Organization recommends breastfeeding exclusively for six months, as well as providing it along with solid foods until the child is 2 years old.
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