epilepsy on its own can seem like a tall mountain to climb for any child, but
kids with epilepsy often struggle with other things like sleep, diet and
Sleep and Epilepsy
is an essential part of managing epilepsy and getting too much or too little
sleep can have a
significant effect on children with epilepsy. Eight to ten hours of quality
sleep per night and sticking with a sleep routine is a recommended way to help
epilepsy isn’t like getting braces, going to the movies, or getting your first
cell phone – not every teen goes through it. So understandably, it can be tough
for children and teens to talk to their friends about epilepsy and how they can
help in the moment of a seizure.
the conversation might be a little uncomfortable, but your child may be
pleasantly surprised at how understanding and helpful their friends will be.
There is a good chance they will take an interest in wanting to learn more
about epilepsy and could become part of the support team.
parents have looked at their beloved child or toddler and had a thought zip
across their minds.
Hey, wait a minute. Is my child walking funny?
Maybe, says Blaise Nemeth, MD, a pediatric orthopedist at American Family Children’s Hospital. Most walking issues fall on a spectrum of normal, and the chances are good that the issue will correct itself without medical intervention.
Ashley Nelson and her husband Jason Phipps of Madison were settling in late on a September night in their birthing suite at UnityPoint Health – Meriter, hoping to get some sleep. About 19 hours earlier, Ashley had given birth to a beautiful baby boy, Leo, the couple’s second child. All seemed fine, and the family was planning to go home the next morning.
RN, a postpartum nurse, was nearing the end of her shift when she noticed that
Leo appeared greyish-blue – a worrisome sign that suggested his oxygen level
Although most people adjust in a day or two, the shift to Daylight Saving Time can take some people up to a week to get used to the time change. As you set your clocks forward this weekend, take a few minutes to examine what lifestyle factors are affecting you family’s quality and quantity of sleep.