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Dr. Elizabeth Thiele

Elizabeth Thiele, MD, PhD
Epileptologist, MGH

This is a transcript of a video from the Growing Up with Epilepsy Web site. For more information visit

Dr. Elizabeth Thiele: We believe that kids with seizures and with epilepsy should be able to participate in as many normal, typical activities as possible. So we usually try not to limit or restrict what the kids are able to do. So, many of our kids with epilepsy go swimming, ride bikes, go on sleepovers, play hockey, play soccer. However, if children are having active seizure activity, then sometimes we do have to limit some of their activities, based on what the seizures are, how long they last and when they occur. If children are having active generalized tonic-clonic seizures, then it would not be safe for them to engage in activities that they could harm or injure themselves if they had a seizure during that activity.