This is a transcript of a video from the Growing Up with Epilepsy Web site. For more information visit http://www2.massgeneral.org/childhoodepilepsy.
Patricia Bruno: It's important for families to educate themselves on their child's epilepsy as well as educate others who might be in care of their child during the course of a given day for instance, a sports coach or a babysitter or extended family members who might be babysitting. The message that you want them to understand is that the seizure may occur. You want them to feel in control and not panic if a seizure should happen. You want to give them enough knowledge base to let them get through the seizure, comfort the child and then deal with the aftermath of the seizure, whether it be, you know, something as simple as the child going home to rest or letting them stay where they are for a few minutes and then, if they're recovered, get up and resume their activities; or, if it's a prolonged seizure and they might need emergency services, how to contact 911, how to contact the child's physician, if need be.
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