Your Child's Care Begins Here
Our pediatric epilepsy program provides comprehensive, expert care for children who suffer from seizures. A designated Level 4 epilepsy center, we offer state-of-the-art treatment and evaluation by a multidisciplinary team, consisting of pediatric neurologists, nurses, social workers, dieticians and a child life specialist.
We offer the only local pediatric epilepsy monitoring unit (EMU) for the evaluation of uncontrolled seizures. Our 6-bed epilepsy monitoring unit on Floor 10 of Helen DeVos Children's Hospital is dedicated to continuous monitoring of the EEG and behavioral activity (using video technology) of children suspected to have epilepsy.
Based on the results of your child’s EEG, our team will put together an individualized treatment plan to meet the special needs of your child. Not all children with a single seizure require treatment with medication. Children who do require treatment with an anti-epileptic drug after their first seizure(s) receive individualized attention, with the selection of the drug based upon the unique needs of each child.
Our first line of defense includes anti-seizure medicine, dietary changes and neurostimulation for older children. If your child’s seizures continue, our pediatric neurosurgeons are experienced and skilled in surgical techniques that can successfully and safely eliminate or reduce seizures. In fact, we pioneered the practice of brain mapping during epilepsy surgery, which helps us understand how the brain areas affected by the seizures function. All of this helps us reach our goal of helping your child to live as normal a life as possible.
Treatments We Provide
Surgery can be performed directly on the brain tissue when seizures or epilepsy can't be controlled using other treatments.
Diet and Nutrition Counseling
For some children, a high-protein, high-fat and low-carbohydrate diet helps manage epilepsy symptoms when medication alone doesn't work.
This surgically implanted device works like a pacemaker in the neck. Children old enough to use it can activate it and stop a seizure as soon as they feel it begin.
Your pediatric neurologist may recommend child-appropriate medicine to control seizures.