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Epilepsy In Children All You Need To Know

Seizures can be an unnerving experience. A renowned medical expert explains how with a little preparation, you can handle epilepsy with minimum stress.

By Dr Prithika Chary

Vidya (name changed) was a smart eight-year-old, who loved going to school and playing with her friends and toys. She did well in her studies. A few months ago, however, her parents and teachers started noticing unusual changes in her. She looked disconnected. She would daydream often, miss out portions of her class notes and homework, regularly complain of tiredness on returning from school and fall asleep in the evenings. Vidya's parents thought it was just another childhood phase and that their child would be fine soon. But this behaviour continued for a couple of months. Then, Vidya started having sudden, momentary jerks in her hands and started dropping objects. This got her parents really worried. They took her for a checkup and the medical tests that followed revealed that Vidya had developed a type of epilepsy. Vidya is now undergoing treatment, with daily medication and periodic reviews, and the condition is under control.

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