Living with the uncertainty created by childhood epilepsy can make normal parts of growing up seem scary for parents. However, the majority of children with recurring seizures are able to lead completely normal lives, which include sports and other athletic pursuits.
It’s normal to want to keep your child safe. While you and your child may need to take some special precautions due to their childhood epilepsy, most of the physical activities your child participates in pose no threat to their well-being.
What Activities Can My Child Participate In?
It’s important to emphasize the activities your child can participate in, and to take a common sense approach to activities that may pose and extra risk for those with childhood epilepsy.
The most common activities that doctors recommend children with epilepsy not participate in are those that involve climbing. While the onset of a seizure itself may not be directly dangerous, a fall from a great height can pose a serious risk.
Although it may seem like swimming or boating can pose a great risk to a child with epilepsy, because these activities should always be undertaken under strict adult supervision they are not typically considered something children with epilepsy should not take part in.
Children With Epilepsy Need Sports Too
There is no evidence that childhood epilepsy causes a brain or skull to be more fragile. While contact sports can pose some risk for any participate, there is nothing to suggest an epileptic child is more at risk than other children.
As with teachers or other caregivers, it’s important to speak with coaches about your child’s epilepsy so that they’re informed and know how to respond to a seizure if one occurs. If a coach is resistant to the idea of your epileptic child participating, educate them on what epilepsy means to help change his or her mind.