Treatments for Seizures in Children

Caring for seizures at home

Seizure emergency children

If your child is experiencing seizures that are triggered by another disease or injury, specialists experienced in treating that condition work closely with our epilepsy and seizure specialists to provide the best possible care for your child. We work together and with your family to help your child live a seizure-free life, and to minimize any complications from seizures.

Epilepsy treatments

An important part of caring for your child is treating not only the seizures themselves, but any complications they may cause. For example, neuropsychologists use specialized testing to monitor your child's cognitive abilities, learning, behavior, emotional well-being and social function, in order to develop strategies that will help your child function at her highest possible level.

What to watch for during a seizure

You will need to tell your child’s doctor what the seizure was like. Observe:

  • What time did the seizure start and stop? (Time it with a watch, if possible.)
  • Where in the body did the seizures start? (Hands, arms, legs, eyes?)
  • Did the seizure stay in that part of the body or did it move to other areas?
  • What type of movement did you see? (Jerking, twitching, stiffness?)
  • Is there anything that might have triggered your child’s seizure?
  • Did your child experience anything unusual before the seizure started?
  • Has there been a change in how often seizures happen or in the type of seizure activity?

After the seizure

  • Help your child get cleaned up if she has soiled her pants or vomited.
  • Let your child rest. He may be very tired and sleep for a few hours.
  • If your child complains of a headache or soreness, talk to your doctor about what you can do for the pain.
  • If your child feels cold, keep her warm with a blanket or coat. Some seizures can be caused by fever, so it’s a good idea to check your child’s temperature (rectally). Contact your doctor any time she has an unexplained fever.
  • Write down your observations about your child’s seizure.
  • If this was your child’s first seizure, call your doctor. You may be asked to bring your child in or go to an emergency room.

Coping and support

The Epilepsy Foundation

At Boston Children’s Hospital:

Seizure Treatments at Boston Children's Hospital

At Boston Children's Hospital, we care for children who have epilepsy or who have experienced seizures through the Epilepsy CenterFetal-Neonatal Neurology Program and many other programs that are dedicated to caring for children with disorders that may cause seizures.Treatments for Seizures in children