Seizures and epilepsy in children

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Seizures of all types are caused by disorganized and sudden electrical activity in the brain. Seizures can take many forms, from staring spells to involuntary movements of the arms and legs. A number of health conditions cause seizures, including epilepsy, which is found in about 400,000 children in the U.S. With treatment, most kids with epilepsy are able to control their seizures and lead normal lives—some even outgrow it. Medication is the most common treatment for kids with epilepsy; following a special diet can also help manage epilepsy when it’s difficult to treat.

The neurosciences program at Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital is designated a Level 4 epilepsy center by the National Association of Epilepsy Centers (NAEC). We offer the highest level of care and treatment for patients with complex epilepsy and seizure disorders. Our comprehensive care includes a pediatric epilepsy monitoring unit for the evaluation of uncontrolled seizures in children suspected to have epilepsy; a dietary therapy clinic that offers support for families and kids on the ketogenic diet, the Modified Atkins Diet and others; and extensive inpatient, surgical and outpatient imaging procedures to help us understand what’s happening in your child’s brain.

Our pediatric neurologists are part of the only pediatric epilepsy program in West Michigan, and will work closely with your family to help improve your child’s health and quality of life.

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Treatment Options

Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital has West Michigan’s only epilepsy care program for kids. Our team of neurologists and neurosurgeons can help children with epilepsy, including those whose epilepsy is difficult to control. Dr. Angel Hernandez, division chief for pediatric neurosciences, specializes in epilepsy and discusses treatment options including medication, surgery and ketogenic diet we can explore with patients and families.

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