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Epilepsy & Seizures

Expert Care for Seizures and Epilepsy in Children

Young girl and mother meet one of our experts on epilepsy and seizures.

Epilepsy is a brain disorder that causes seizures (when someone has a brief episode of staring into space, shaking uncontrollably or even collapsing). A seizure happens when there’s abnormal electrical activity in the brain. Nemours pediatric neurologists use the most effective, proven medications and treatments to help control and prevent seizures in kids, so they can do what kids do best — play, laugh and grow into the healthiest adults they can be.

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Epilepsy and Seizure Conditions We Treat

There are many different kinds of seizures — some are more noticeable (whole body shaking) than others (seeing things that are not there or having strong emotions). 

Our pediatric neurologists see a full spectrum of conditions that can cause seizures — far too many to list here. The conditions we treat vary depending upon the location and providers selected. Don’t see a condition listed? Call us.

Services We Offer for Epilepsy and Seizures

We offer a variety of diagnostic and treatment services to determine whether your child has a form of epilepsy or if the seizures have some other cause. These services may vary depending on the condition or location, including:

  • a thorough neurological examination
  • blood tests
  • electroencephalography/EEG (wires attached to your child's head with glue record electrical activity in the brain)
  • imaging tests (CT or "CAT" scan, MRI and PET scans to look for brain/vessel malformations, tumors or scar tissue)
  • spinal tap/lumbar puncture (to check for infections or other issues)
  • anti-seizure medications 
  • vagus nerve stimulation (VNS) — a small, long-lasting battery device that delivers short bursts of electricity to your child's brain, which may help reduce the frequency and severity of the seizures
  • ketogenic diet — a precise diet, rich in fats and low in carbohydrates and proteins, to help reduce epilepsy symptoms 
  • pediatric epilepsy surgery — in extreme cases, and if other treatments don’t work for your child, our neurosurgeons can remove the tiny part of the brain causing the seizures
  • child psychology, social work, Child Life services, pastoral care and other support

Why Choose Us for Epilepsy and Seizures Treatment

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. Year after year, many are recognized as Best Doctors in America® , as well as “Top Doctors” by local magazines in our regions.

Regional Highlights for Epilepsy and Seizures Treatment

Services, programs, facilities and care teams for epilepsy and seizures differ at each location. Call for details.

Best children's hospital for neurology

We offer care for epilepsy and seizures at Nemours Children’s Hospital, Delaware (Wilmington, Del.) and select Nemours Children's Health locations. 

  • ranked among the top children’s hospitals in the country for pediatric neurology and neurosurgery by U.S. News & World Report  
  • Level 4 accreditation of Nemours Children’s Hospital, Delaware from the National Association of Epilepsy Centers (NAEC) , meaning we have the professional expertise and facilities to provide the highest level of medical and surgical evaluation and treatment for patients with complex epilepsy
  • academic affiliations with Sidney Kimmel Medical College of Thomas Jefferson University (TJU) and ChristianaCare Health System, to give residents training about the special challenges of treating kids with epilepsy and seizures

We offer care for epilepsy and seizures at Nemours Children’s Hospital (Orlando, Fla.) and at select Nemours Children’s Specialty Care locations. 

  • highly skilled epilepsy team led by a renowned pediatric neurologist
  • world-class facilities featuring the most advanced diagnostic techniques and equipment available
  • academic affiliations with the University of Florida and University of Central Florida colleges of medicine, to give residents training about the special challenges of treating kids with epilepsy and seizures

We offer care for epilepsy and seizures at Nemours Children's Health, Jacksonville and at select Nemours Children’s Specialty Care locations, and we partner with experts at the Pediatric Epilepsy Center at our neighbor and affiliated hospital, Wolfson Children’s Hospital.

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At Nemours, we’re actively researching new approaches for childhood disease prevention, diagnosis and treatment.

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