Epilepsy and physical healthEEpilepsy and physical healthEpilepsy and physical healthEnglishNeurologyChild (0-12 years);Teen (13-18 years)BrainNervous systemConditions and diseasesCaregivers Adult (19+) EducatorsNA2010-02-04T05:00:00ZIrene Elliott, RN, MHSc, ACNP;Janice Mulligan, MSW, RSW042.0000000000000213.000000000000Flat ContentHealth A-Z<p>Read about physical health difficulties that may arise for an epileptic child, and how to help. Physical health concerns can be discussed with a treatment team.</p><p>Some children with epilepsy experience no physical symptoms, other than seizures. However, children whose seizures are not well controlled are more likely to experience fatigue and low energy. Other less common physical complaints include headache, stomach ache or nausea, weight gain or loss, and pain in various parts of the body. These symptoms may arise from the child’s underlying brain abnormality, seizures, medications, or a combination of all three. </p><h2>Key points</h2> <ul><li>Some children with epilepsy will have no physical symptoms other than seizures, while others may experience fatigue, low energy and other symptoms.</li> <li>Medications such as valproate may cause fatigue, lack of energy and poor appetite.</li> <li>Contact the treatment team if you are concerned about the physical effects of epilepsy or anti-epileptic drugs on your child.</li></ul>
L'épilepsie et la santé physiqueLL'épilepsie et la santé physiqueEpilepsy and physical healthFrenchNeurologyChild (0-12 years);Teen (13-18 years)BrainNervous systemConditions and diseasesCaregivers Adult (19+) EducatorsNA2010-02-04T05:00:00ZIrene Elliott, RN, MHSc, ACNP;Janice Mulligan, MSW, RSW12.000000000000042.00000000000000Flat ContentHealth A-Z<p>Apprenez-en davantage sur les problèmes de santé physique qui peuvent apparaître chez un enfant épileptique et sur la façon de l’aider. Les préoccupations en matière de santé physique peuvent être discutées avec l’équipe soignante.</p><p>Certains enfants atteints d’épilepsie n’ont aucun symptôme physique autre que les crises. Cependant, les enfants dont les crises ne sont pas bien contrôlées sont plus susceptibles de ressentir de la fatigue et une baisse d’énergie. Les maux de tête ou d’estomac ou les nausées, le gain ou la perte de poids et la douleur dans différentes parties du corps sont des troubles physiques pouvant survenir, mais qui sont moins courants. Ces symptômes peuvent apparaître en raison d’une anomalie cérébrale, des crises d’épilepsie, des médicaments ou d’une combinaison des trois.</p><ul><li>Certains enfants épileptiques n’auront pas d’autres symptômes physiques que les crises, tandis que d’autres peuvent ressentir de la fatigue, une baisse d’énergie et d’autres symptômes.</li> <li>Les médicaments comme le valproate peuvent causer de la fatigue, un manque d’énergie et d’appétit.</li> <li>Si vous êtes préoccupé à propos des effets physiques de l’épilepsie ou des médicaments antiépileptiques de votre enfant, discutez-en avec l’équipe soignante.</li></ul>

 

 

Epilepsy and physical health2111.00000000000Epilepsy and physical healthEpilepsy and physical healthEEnglishNeurologyChild (0-12 years);Teen (13-18 years)BrainNervous systemConditions and diseasesCaregivers Adult (19+) EducatorsNA2010-02-04T05:00:00ZIrene Elliott, RN, MHSc, ACNP;Janice Mulligan, MSW, RSW042.0000000000000213.000000000000Flat ContentHealth A-Z<p>Read about physical health difficulties that may arise for an epileptic child, and how to help. Physical health concerns can be discussed with a treatment team.</p><p>Some children with epilepsy experience no physical symptoms, other than seizures. However, children whose seizures are not well controlled are more likely to experience fatigue and low energy. Other less common physical complaints include headache, stomach ache or nausea, weight gain or loss, and pain in various parts of the body. These symptoms may arise from the child’s underlying brain abnormality, seizures, medications, or a combination of all three. </p><h2>Key points</h2> <ul><li>Some children with epilepsy will have no physical symptoms other than seizures, while others may experience fatigue, low energy and other symptoms.</li> <li>Medications such as valproate may cause fatigue, lack of energy and poor appetite.</li> <li>Contact the treatment team if you are concerned about the physical effects of epilepsy or anti-epileptic drugs on your child.</li></ul><p>An example of a drug side effect causing physical problems is the role <a href="/Article?contentid=258&language=English">valproic acid​</a> (Epival, Divalproex) plays in depletion of carnitine (an amino acid). This can produce fatigue, lack of energy, and poor appetite. Checking the child’s carnitine level and giving a supplement if the carnitine is low can result in less fatigue, improved energy, and an increase in appetite. </p> <p>Children, including adolescents, who have increased fatigue often require up to 12 hours of sleep at night. Even with that amount of sleep, they may still require one or more naps during the day. In one study of children with intractable epilepsy, some of the children described how they were so tired during the school day that they were unable to pay attention or remember what they had just been taught. As a result, fatigue played a role in reducing academic participation and academic success. </p> <p>If you are concerned about the physical effects of epilepsy or anti-epileptic drugs on your child, discuss it with the treatment team.<br></p>https://assets.aboutkidshealth.ca/AKHAssets/epilepsy_and_physical_health.jpgEpilepsy and physical health

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