There are significant differences between epilepsy in children and adults. One of the most important points is that a child is a constantly changing entity in terms of both physical and mental progress and development. In any case, the development of a child with epilepsy is influenced by the type of epilepsy, the way a child with epilepsy is treated by their surroundings, the action and side effects of the child’s treatment and how and to what extent this treatment or epilepsy affects the dynamics of the child’s learning.
There are many different types of epilepsy. Some are mild and easy to treat while others are more complex and selective and sometimes related to other forms of disability.
The most common type of epilepsy in children is benign and mild and sometimes does not need to be treated with medication.
On the other hand, childhood is the period when rare forms of selected epilepsy also occur which may have a negative impact on the normal developmental flow of the child. When a child is suffering from epilepsy, it is essential for parents and their family to be actively involved in information and in the treatment and treatment process. It is important to understand that it is not only the patient but also the patient’s surroundings, it is therefore necessary to provide the whole family with proper and complete information as well as psychological support where needed.
A child suffering from epilepsy may start to see himself as different and weird than other children and this will have the effect of slowly losing confidence. She may also find her parents’ anxiety and distress a mistake and blame herself for it.
It is important to encourage a child with epilepsy to live a life as normal as possible.
Causes of Epilepsy
The most common causes of epilepsy are exogenous factors such as anatomical abnormalities, inflammatory infections or trauma. Children, however, develop many types of epilepsy that are not directly related to exogenous factors but are associated with age-related disorders in the maturation of central nervous system sensitivity and function.
These types of epilepsy usually occur at an age-specific time. For example, Infant Myoclonic Epilepsy occurs in infancy while Benign Childhood Epilepsy (or Roland Epilepsy) occurs in infancy.
Children also have convulsions that are not directly related to epilepsy but are an expression of relative immaturity of the brain. Examples are feverish convulsions and emotional convulsions.