Of course, the parents of a child who has had an epileptic attack or has already been diagnosed with epilepsy, are concerned about many issues that they would like to discuss with the doctor. They are worried about the future of the child: how this disease will affect the fate of their daughter or son, his studies, choice of profession, whether he will be happy in his personal life, whether he will be able to create a family, have healthy children. At the same time, they are very concerned about questions concerning the near future, the answer to which should be received as soon as possible. Will the attacks happen again? How can you help the treatment of the child? What is the mode of the day must respect the child? Will he be able to go to a regular school?
Sometimes the first emotion parents turn out to be premature. Not always accidentally detected changes in the electroencephalogram or the first attack indicates that the child is ill with epilepsy and attacks will be repeated in the future, and require treatment. However, even if the diagnosis is already accurately established, do not despair. This disease is very common in children, more often than many other childhood diseases. Unfortunately, there are very few completely healthy children — many children have certain health-related problems. And any of the problems does not require panic parents, and competent solutions. Many children with epilepsy differ from healthy children only in that they sometimes have seizures. For the rest, these children are the same as others: they study well, they are cheerful and active, they have many friends, etc. Remember that excessive anxiety for the child, parental overprotection, the desire to constantly protect their child, to protect him from any troubles, difficulties, unjustified restrictions, including isolation from the peer group — such a reaction of parents to the child’s disease occurs quite often; however, it can only harm the child, to form a sense of independence, insecurity, their inferiority complex; lead to social isolation and poor adaptation in society. As a result, the child can be cured of epilepsy, and the adverse consequences of such actions of parents associated with anxiety for the child can persist and have an adverse impact on the future of the child. A child who has become a victim of overprotection of parents who protected him from any “fatigue” and solved all important issues for him may not want to “part” with attacks, since the role of “patient” becomes psychologically comfortable for him. Therefore, all restrictions for patients should be justified only within the framework of an individual approach. Always consult your doctor about the appropriateness of any lifestyle changes and restrictions in your child (taking into account individual factors such as the type of attacks and their frequency, the form of epilepsy, mental development, concomitant disorders, etc.).). Do not forget that the main goal of education is to form a harmonious and full-fledged personality, the right and full member of society, the maximum possible social adaptation of the child, the development of his abilities and talents. Even if the attacks continue, it is not necessary that the disease will last a lifetime. The possibilities of medicine are currently very large and allow to cure this disease in most children. We must try to help the child and his doctor in the fight against this disease.