Epilepsy

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Medical science has made huge strides in treating epilepsy in children. Our pediatric neurologists and other specialists at Nemours work together, using the most effective, proven medications and treatments to help control and prevent seizures in kids. We treat all children as we would our own so they can do what kids do best: play, laugh, and grow into the healthiest adults they can be.

 
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Nemours neurology specialists have the skills, training, and technology to evaluate your child’s seizures and the compassion to find ways to control epileptic seizures with the fewest possible side effects. Our epilepsy program specialists provide a plan of care that’s specially tailored for your child, using medication therapy as the main method of controlling seizures.

Nemours/Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children, Wilmington


1600 Rockland Road
Wilmington, DE 19803
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For Appointments: (302) 651-5930

Hours: Monday–Friday,
8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

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Our Patient Navigators can help schedule multiple appointments on the same day at the same location.

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What to Bring
  • photo ID
  • medical and pharmacy insurance cards
  • preferred pharmacy name and phone number
  • names and dosage of all medications, including over-the-counter medication, your child is currently taking
  • guardianship and custody papers, if a legal guardian rather than a parent accompanies your child
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Support Services
  • CaringBridge: a free site offering support and communication to help your family through your child's medical journey
  • Ronald McDonald House of Delaware: a safe, free, family-centered home away from home when your child is sick and needs to be hospitalized

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The pediatric neurologists, neurophysiologists, and other specialists at Nemours/Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children provide comprehensive care to evaluate and treat children with epilepsy and seizures in Wilmington, DE.

We encourage kids with epilepsy to participate as fully as possible in school and all the other activities that help kids be kids, so they can enjoy a childhood that’s as promising and playful as anyone else’s.

 
Evaluating Your Child for Epilepsy

If your child is having seizures, it’s important to provide as much information as possible about the episode(s). A Nemours pediatric neurologist or other specialist will review this information and your child’s medical history, and perform a thorough neurological examination. A magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), computed tomography (CT), or other kind of scan may be needed, too. These can easily be arranged and performed right here at our hospital.

If your child is diagnosed with epilepsy, our goal will be to control the condition and minimize the impact of seizures on daily life. We want your child to be able to play, dream, and grow with the fewest possible disruptions.

 
Treating Childhood Epilepsy

No single treatment for epilepsy works for every child. So the pediatric neurological specialists at duPont Hospital for Children will consider all the unique factors that contribute to your child’s condition.

We may recommend treatment that includes:
  • Anti-seizure medications: Most kids respond well to this kind of therapy. Finding just the right medication and dosage may involve some adjustments and fine-tuning.
  • Vagus nerve stimulation (VNS): A small long-lasting battery device similar to a pacemaker is implanted in your child’s chest. A tiny wire connects to the vagus nerve, which leads to the brain. The device delivers short bursts of electricity at regular intervals, which may help reduce the frequency and severity of your child’s seizures. Implanting the VNS device requires an overnight stay at the hospital.
  • Ketogenic diet: This precise diet, rich in fats and low in carbohydrates and proteins, can help reduce epilepsy symptoms in some children. If this is right for your child, your Nemours neurology specialist and a nutritionist will guide you and your child about which foods to add and avoid.
  • Epilepsy surgery: If other treatments don’t work for your child, the neurologists at duPont Hospital for Children, partnering with neurosurgeons at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital in Philadelphia, can evaluate your child for possible epilepsy surgery. Surgeons isolate or remove a small section of brain tissue, where the abnormal electrical surges (which cause the seizures) come from. The surgery can go a long way toward relieving or reducing the effects of seizures without impairing your child’s intellectual, reasoning, or other cognitive abilities.

For more information about the epilepsy program at duPont Hospital for Children, or to schedule a visit, call us at (302) 651-5930.