How to Talk with Your Child About Epilepsy

Mom Talking with DaughterIt’s natural for kids to be curious, especially if they are confronted with a condition such as childhood epilepsy in themselves or in someone close to them. This curiosity is the spark that drives them to understand the world and their place within it, and as a parent it’s important you help them to form an understanding that is healthy and rational.

Be Honest

When talking to kids about childhood epilepsy, it’s important to be honest and open about the condition. Lying about an unpleasant aspect of the disease can do far more harm to your child’s trust in you than an unpleasant truth. If your child asks you a question you can’t answer, then find the answer and follow up with them.

Giving your child honest information about childhood epilepsy is giving them control over the condition.

Use Understandable Language

When talking about childhood epilepsy, use language your child will have an easy time grasping. Tailor how you talk about this complex medical condition to their age and maturity.

Don’t be afraid to use the correct medical terms, however. Even if a name or term has a long, complex name, you can make a game out of trying to pronounce it that can help alleviate tension and give your child a sense of control over the condition.

Reinforce Your Support

When faced with a potentially serious and life-altering condition, it’s important for your child to know that you support them no matter what occurs. If your talk about childhood epilepsy was prompted by the condition in a friend or relative, let your child know they can also help by being supportive.

Having a diagnosis of epilepsy isn’t the end of the world. Kids need to learn that people with epilepsy are just like anyone else, and with the help of modern medical treatments seizures can be well-managed.