When your child is diagnosed with epilepsy, it’s natural to have a variety of emotions including shock and fear. At the Pediatric Epilepsy Center at Cohen Children’s, we’re focused on providing the most effective treatments for epilepsy and childhood seizures in a caring environment. We offer leading edge epilepsy management and a better quality of life for your child.
The Pediatric Epilepsy Center has been awarded the designation of a Level 4 Epilepsy Center, which is the highest designation for epilepsy centers in the United States. The designation was awarded by the National Association of Epilepsy Centers (NAEC), which evaluates the appropriateness and quality of specialized epilepsy care. Our center is the only designated Level 4 pediatric epilepsy center in the region.
What to expect
At your child’s first visit to the Pediatric Epilepsy Center, a thorough history and physical will be completed. Based upon the outcome of the evaluation, metabolic and genetic testing may be requested, as well as brain imaging and an electroencephalogram (EEG). An EEG is a test to measure and record the electrical activity of your child’s brain using sensors (electrodes) attached to the head. The sensors are hooked by wires to a computer that details brain electrical activity on a screen or on paper. Changes from the normal pattern of electrical activity can show certain conditions, including seizures.
At the Pediatric Epilepsy Center, we offer:
- Long-term inpatient video-EEG monitoring – Children are admitted to the hospital for continuous video-EEG monitoring. Computer algorithms allow for the detection and analysis of seizures which are often missed through observation.
- Long-term ambulatory homebound EEG – 24-hour homebound EEG monitoring is also available to rule out seizures or to further define and quantify the seizures.
Has your child experienced a seizure for the first time?
If your child has experienced a seizure for the first time, it’s important to seek immediate medical attention by calling 911. At Cohen Children’s Medical Center emergency room, your child can be thoroughly evaluated. Depending on the outcome of the evaluation, your child may be discharged home for further outpatient testing and neurological evaluation or, if necessary, admitted to the hospital for observation, testing, diagnosis and treatment.
Once your child has been diagnosed with epilepsy or another seizure disorder, a treatment plan will be put into place. This can include medications to abort or prevent seizures, a special diet or surgery. A plan will also be discussed on how to manage the next seizure. We recommend that this plan is shared with your child’s school and/or daycare provider so that specific steps are followed for each possible recurrence. Your child’s safety is our utmost concern.