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Childhood epilepsy

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

About

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 symptoms and treat your child.

Need to know

  • Symptoms of childhood epilepsy 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
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    Your child's consultant will discuss their symptoms with you to help make a diagnosis. They will likely 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 an electroencepholagram (ECG) to assess electrical activity in the brain, and an MRI scan to check for any growths or damage to the brain.
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    Epilepsy can be a lifelong condition that is controlled 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.
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Our consultants

From complex surgery to straightforward procedures, we provide exceptional care across our network of hospitals, outpatient centres and specialist clinics.

Our facilities

From complex surgery to straightforward procedures, we provide exceptional care across our network of hospitals, outpatient centres and specialist clinics.

  • The Portland Hospital Facility

    The Portland Hospital

    205 - 209 Great Portland Street

    London

    W1W 5AH

    Children's enquiries 020 7390 8020
    Maternity enquiries 020 7390 6068
    Gynaecology enquiries 020 7390 6200

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    The Harley Street Clinic

    35 Weymouth Street

    London

    W1G 8BJ

    Appointments 020 7034 8181
    Enquiries 020 3131 7962

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We're happy to help you make an appointment with one of our experienced consultants.

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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