By Martin L. Kutscher
This concise, obtainable guide for households, acquaintances and carers of youngsters with seizures presents all of the details they should strategy seizures from a place of strength.
Part 1 discusses kinds and reasons of seizures, and what to do in the course of a seizure. The scientific strategies and technical terminology in addition to the on hand checks and coverings, together with anticonvulsant medicine, are sincerely defined. the writer additionally addresses a few of the emotional and social concerns that can come up, and there are chapters for children and youths to learn themselves or with their mom and dad. half 2 covers the most universal epilepsy syndromes in additional element. extra studying and important contacts also are provided.
This reassuring, casual, and upbeat ebook will make stronger and support make clear the dialogue with the kid's treating surgeon.
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Valproic acid (Depakene) and divalproex (Depakote) Valproic acid (Depakene) and divalproex (Depakote) are variations of the same chemical. In this text, we refer to them interchangeably. In typical practice, Depakote is used for its smoother and longer course of action—unless the child requires a liquid preparation, which only exists for Depakene. ) In addition to the regular Depakote tablet form, Depakote comes as sprinkle capsules that can be swallowed whole or opened and sprinkled on food, and as Depakote ER (“Extended Release”) tablets.
Normal” drug levels are given as a range. For example, normal phenobarbital levels are from 15 to 35 mcg/ml. The lower end of the therapeutic range (15 for phenobarbital) is the drug concentration in the blood where many patients will begin to get a therapeutic response to the medication. As the level goes up, the efficacy of the medication typically goes up as well. However, the side effects tend to increase, also. When the blood level exceeds the suggested upper number of the therapeutic range (35 for phenobarbital), many patients will begin to show “toxicity” or side effects.
Lower hot water temperature in the house to below scalding temperature—in case the child falls into the faucet during a seizure. • Video games and flashing lights might be restricted by your doctor (see Chapter 9, For Kids to Read with Their Parents). • Routine sports are typically allowed. Sports at high risk for head trauma might be particularly risky for those children whose seizures involve a period of confusion. Such a period of confusion could make them vulnerable to injury—such as from an oncoming 250-pound peer.