Talking about Epilepsy with Your Child

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Talking about Epilepsy with Your Child

Whether you're living with epilepsy or have a child who is, it's important to keep the lines of communication open. To help kids work through their feelings, parents should explain in age-appropriate language what’s going on. Communication may help calm their fears and help them to adjust to life with epilepsy.


It's also helpful to encourage kids to speak up about epilepsy and to discourage myths that may come up at school (for example, that the chronic condition is contagious). These conversations will give children the building blocks they need to speak honestly and openly about epilepsy to their teachers and classmates. Read on for more strategies and tips for communicating about epilepsy with children.