If you have seizures or epilepsy and are starting back to school, you’ve probably got a lot on your mind. The usual rush to get school supplies, learn your class schedule and meet new people may be mixed with thoughts about your seizures.
Here are a few questions and tips for kids and teens to think about as they return to school. If these issues are on your mind, talk about them with a parent, your doctor, nurse or teacher. Having a plan on how to deal with these things may make school time easier and help you feel more in control of your epilepsy!
The answer to this depends on what kind of seizure you have and how often. People with well-controlled seizures don’t need to do anything special. Your school nurse should know about your seizures and what to do if one happens. She can then make sure the teachers, coaches or other school personnel around you know what to do if a seizure occurs.
If you are still having seizures, talk to your parents and school nurse before school starts or as soon as you can. Make sure you are involved in making plans for managing your seizures.
Most kids with seizures will take medicines each day to help control seizures. Some people may have seizures that come in clusters, meaning they may have more than one at a time or over the course of a day.
Many children and teens get embarrassed if they have a seizure in public. So do adults. Seizures may make you feel like you don’t have control over your body or brain. They may make you feel “different.” You may be afraid that others will think “bad” of you or be scared.
You are right that during a seizure you may not have control of what happens or be aware of what goes on around you. You may not be able to remember everything either.
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