Childhood epilepsy

Epilepsy in children

If your child shows symptoms of epilepsy, our neurological and paediatric experts can help to diagnose and treat them

What is epilepsy?

Epilepsy in children is a common neurological (brain) condition. The brain experiences unwanted bursts of electrical activity, causing the body to have a seizure. This is commonly known as an epileptic fit. There are different diagnoses of childhood epilepsy. Our paediatric neurologists can identify these types and treat your child.

Need to know

  • What are the symptoms of epilepsy in children? icon plus

    These can include:

    • seizures where the body shakes and/or jerks uncontrollably
    • stiffness in the body
    • collapsing
    • staring blankly into space
    • development of learning difficulties
  • How is epilepsy in children diagnosed? icon plus

    Your child's consultant will discuss their symptoms with you to help make a diagnosis. They will ask for a detailed description of the seizures they may have experienced. This should include the age of their first fit and how many times they have occurred.

    Our consultant can then understand more about the type of epilepsy "syndrome" your child may have. Tests we offer to diagnose epilepsy include:

  • Potential treatment options icon plus

    Epilepsy can be a lifelong condition that is managed rather than cured. At HCA UK, we offer a number of treatment options. 

    • Anti-epilepsy medication to help control electrical activity to the brain. This can reduce seizures as a result.
    • Ketogenic diet (high fat, low carbohydrate) can be recommended for children if medication isn't helping.
    • In some cases, brain surgery is an option for children who experience multiple, regular and violent seizures.

Our neurological consultants

We have a network of neurological specialists experienced work with children and their parents to manage the symptoms and difficulties associated with epilepsy. These specialists include neurologists, neurosurgeons, neuroradiologists, clinical nurse specialists and physiotherapists.

Our locations

From complex paediatric neurosurgery to diagnostic tests and procedures, we provide exceptional neurological care for children within our network of hospitals, outpatient centres and specialist clinics.

Request an appointment

Our team can help with any enquiries or you make an appointment with one of our experienced consultants.

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020 7079 4344
This content is intended for general information only and does not replace the need for personal advice from a qualified health professional.
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