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Dec 5, 2022

A seizure sounds like a scary event for any parent to witness in their child, but it’s important to understand that a seizure doesn’t necessarily mean there’s a scary diagnosis in a child’s future. Kenneth Habetz, MD of Our Lady of Lourdes is a pediatric neurologist and has a focus on childhood epilepsy. Dr. Habetz joins us on ParentingU to explain what a seizure is; how they are different to epilepsy; and what to do if your child has a seizure. Many parents have concerns about seizures in children—this episode has a lot of answers.

Childhood Seizure Questions Answered on this Episode

  • Does having a seizure mean a child has epilepsy?
  • What should I do if my child has a seizure?
  • What is a febrile seizure?
  • What causes seizures?
  • Do kids outgrow seizures?
  • Is medication the only treatment for seizures?
  • Does sugar cause seizures?
  • Why should I video my child having a seizure?

Seizure Resources for You

  • Habetz likes some of the resources available on the Epilepsy Foundation website
  • If your child is having a seizure, Dr. Habetz says to place the child on their side; DO NOT put anything in their mouth
  • Habetz welcomes calls from primary care physicians to discuss pediatric seizures

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