The following are some considerations to take into account from parents with epileptic children:
- It is important that the entire family is aware about the disease and learns the most out of it.
- It is advisable to openly speak about epilepsy with your child.
- Try to establish daily routines, mainly for taking the medication; and try to focus on having enough hours sleep to lessen the risk of seizures.
- It is recommended to avoid an overprotective attitude. Kids with epilepsy need special attention but we should not go that far. It is better to establish a discrete a subtle surveillance in order to avoid accidents during the seizures.
- They can practice any kind of sport, yet it is advisable to avoid any dangerous activity. Tennis, basketball and football are the most recommendable. Swimming, too. Although the child should be kept supervised by someone who knows what to do in case of a crisis.
- Protection measures have to be adopted while practicing certain sports. For example, for sailing, the kid should wear a life vest like any other kid. They can ride a bike or a horse, always using security helmet, like any other kid.
- When playing with videogames or watching TV, kids with photosensitive epilepsy should be seated, at least a meter away from the videogame and 3 meters away from the TV set. When changing the TV channels, they must use the remote control and if there isn’t any, they should cover one eye up. To play with the videogames, it is advisable the room has enough light and it doesn’t last more than one hour.
- At school, it is necessary to inform the teacher about what to do in case of a seizure.
- It is very important for the parents: do not try to do it alone. It is recommendable to join a support network such as the patients associations.