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Parent Educational Video Series - Epilepsy and Seizure Management (English)

Parent Educational Video Series - Epilepsy and Seizure Management (English)

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Do you have a child who is presenting seizures, or is there a child that you know of, who is presenting seizures?  In this video series, we will learn about seizures and Epilepsy. Seizures or fits as they are mostly called, are a very common neurological problem. We can fight it better if we learn more about it. 

The flow of the video series has been presented chronologically, starting from the initial diagnosis, disease management and ending with seizure first-aid guidelines. Our goal is to empower a concerned parent such as yourself, with information required to help your child grow into a self-confident young adult in the society.

DISCLAIMER: Please note that this guide is for information purposes only. Please consult a qualified health practitioner for safe management.

Module 1 - Introduction to Epilepsy

Epilepsy Learner - (1) Introduction to Epilepsy

To accurately identify a seizure episode, it is important to understand the core definition of a seizure. Seizures are transient occurrence of signs and/or symptoms due to abnormal, excessive or abnormal electrical activity in the brain. Epilepsy on the other hand is the disorder of the brain function characterised by recurring seizures.

 

Watch the video to understand
- Some of the known causes of the disease
- The science to fight the myths and misconceptions surrounding Epilepsy
- Ways to avoid misinterpreting certain symptoms for seizures

Module 2 - Symptoms and diagnosis

Epilepsy Learner - (2) Symptoms and diagnosis

Good disease management requires appropriate diagnosis. A disease such as Epilepsy is best diagnosed through patient history that can only be observed and collected by the parents or immediate care givers of the child. Such information is invaluable to the doctor for effective diagnosis.

Watch this video to understand

- Ways to understand and interpret seizure signs and symptoms
- Tools used to confirm diagnosis

Module 3 - Treatment of Epilepsy

Epilepsy Learner - (3) Treatment of Epilepsy

Unfortunately, there is no cure for genetic causes of Epilepsy, yet. But, there is a chance to be seizure-free if acquired causes have been implicated in your child’s case. First and foremost, patient compliance to the physician’s instructions is key to good disease management practices. We have tried to address ways to help you and your child get through the critical phase of disease treatment.

Watch this video to understand

- Some day-to-day tips for administering anti-seizure medication(s)
- How you can prepare yourself for a visit to the child’s physician, with common queries and concerns about the disease.
- The know-how and importance of maintaining your child’s seizure history record.

Module 4 - Febrile convulsions

Epilepsy Learner - (4) Febrile Convulsions

A unique form of seizure affects children between age 6 months to 5 years. This form of seizure is common in the general population, may occur before or soon after the occurrence of fever. However, most parents must understand that aggressively controlling the fever will in no way prevent this congenital/genetic condition.

Watch this video to understand
- The definition of Febrile convulsions
- Effective means to manage the condition
- The lasting impact of Febrile convulsions on your child’s growth and development

Module 5 – Drug-resistant Epilepsy

Epilepsy Learner - (5) Drug-resistant epilepsy

Epilepsy is a difficult disease to treat, and in some rare and specific cases the seizure control proves to be ineffective, despite repeated modulation of various anti-seizure medications. Such cases are called refractory or drug-resistant cases of Epilepsy.

Watch this video to understand

- The definition of this rare form of Epilepsy
- The recommended treatment modalities that can be tried and tested

Module 6 - Epilepsy first-aid

Epilepsy Learner - (6) Epilepsy first-aid

A seizure episode can catch a parent off guard. This makes it imperative to arm oneself with the correct information to help tackle the situation swiftly and carefully. Knowing how to distinguish a seizure episode from a seizure emergency can be very challenging to the care givers under the circumstances.

Watch this video to understand
- How to provide appropriate seizure first-aid?
- When to rush your child to the nearest medical emergency?
- How to administer the Midazolam emergency nasal spray?

Module 7 - Living with Epilepsy

Epilepsy Learner - (7) Living with epilepsy

The journey of a family that starts from diagnosis of seizure does not end with a proposed treatment plan. The family requires guidance and help from different pillars of the society, that can collectively facilitate the successful integration of their child as a self-confident and happy member of our community.

Watch this video to understand
- What the legal considerations are to bear in mind when approaching insurance companies or employment agencies/corporations?
- If your epileptic child, after turning into a young adult, would qualify to avail a legal driver’s license?
- How educators in school can come to an Epileptic child’s aid when parents/immediate care givers are not available during school hours?
- If a child who suffers from bouts of seizure, with the right kind of precautions, can very much enjoy several sporting and outdoor physical pursuits?

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