Information for Parents

What Parents of Children with Epilepsy Can Do

It can be hard to figure out the best way to care for your child’s epilepsy. CDC has tools and resources to help you manage your child’s epilepsy and help them live a healthier life.

Learn about Epilepsy
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Learn seizure first aid so you know what to do if your child has a seizure.

Manage Your Child’s Epilepsy
Support Your Child
Father walking with his son in the park.

Sometimes listening is the best form of support.

  • Sometimes listening is the best form of support. Talk to your child regularly about their seizures, their feelings about having epilepsy, and if they feel safe and supported at school.
  • Help your child understand epilepsy with CDC’s Body and Mind (BAM) website. CDC’s BAM website teaches children aged 9 to 12 years what a seizure looks like, reviews facts about epilepsy, addresses epilepsy stigma, and covers seizure first aid.
  • Get ideas on how to explain epilepsy and talk to your children from the Epilepsy FoundationExternal.
Support Teens with Epilepsy
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Get tips on how to talk to your teen about their epilepsy and support them as they learn how to manage their condition on their own.

The teenaged years can bring extra challenges for children with epilepsy. Learn how you can support your teen during their transition to adulthood.

Provide Your School with the Right Tools to Manage Epilepsy
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Make sure your child’s school understands epilepsy and how to provide seizure first aid.

Get Support

Find social support and professional help for managing your child’s epilepsy.

Visit our Find Support page to find free resources, such as

  • A 24/7 toll-free information helpline.
  • An online community forum.
  • Patient assistance programs for paying for medicine.