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Epilepsy Resource Centre


How to find what you are looking for

The content in this section has been organized to follow the natural course of epilepsy, from the first seizure, to diagnosis, to treatment, to long-term outcomes. 

About Epilepsy

This section helps you understand what epilepsy is, what causes it, and what seizures look like. It also has answers to some frequently asked questions about epilepsy. 


What to do when a child has a seizure

When a child has a seizure, it's important to stay calm and keep her safe

How does the brain work?

The brain is like a busy city. Each part has different functions and is made up of different types of cells

What does a seizure look like?

Seizures come in many different forms. A child may look like she is daydreaming, may hear a sound that isn't there, or may fall to the ground and convulse

Understanding Epilepsy Diagnosis

There are many different types of epilepsy and many different kinds of seizures. This section explains what different seizures look like and discusses common epilepsy syndromes. It also gives you key information about diagnostic tests and procedures to help you prepare your child.

Epilepsy Treatment

Epilepsy treatment usually begins with medication. It may also include surgery or dietary treatment. This section explains the different options and gives you information to help your child cope with each one. 

Epilepsy At Home and At School

Epilepsy affects many areas of your child's life, including learning, behaviour, emotions, and physical health. This section discusses how to help your child at home, with friends, and in the classroom. It also explains how epilepsy affects children at different ages. 

Looking Ahead with Epilepsy

This section focuses on how to manage your child's transition to adult health care and help ensure a safe, healthy and productive future. 

Epilepsy Checklists

Epilepsy Just for Kids

The Just for Kids section has games and animations to help children learn about epilepsy. 

Epilepsy Videos

About the Epilepsy Resource Centre

The material in this section has been written in collaboration with members of the Epilepsy Team at The Hospital for Sick Children.

Please remember that this information should only be used as a guide. Every child's situation is unique. If you have specific questions about your own child's care, please speak to your child's doctor.