Explaining Epilepsy and Seizures to young Children

Rachael E StoutDisability1 Comment

Child with Seizures

Having seizures is hard.

Seeing seizures can sometimes be harder.

Is worse when you are a child.

Many people wonder what to do, what can be done, or how to help.

But this can be difficult to explain to children.

Children’s emotions are often due to confusion.

Missunderstanding the situation can lead children with seizures to experience bullying, isolation, and depression.

I first ran into this issue trying to explain my seizures to my nephew.

Explaining Seizures and Epilepsy to Children

If your child has seizures, knows someone who has seizures, or even sees someone having a seizure it can be difficult to explain the condition to children. Yet this is necessary to explain the condition to children so that they will not be as afraid of the unknown.

Setting down and spending 5 minutes talking to a child who has been exposed to the condition can make a huge difference.

There are several key things to mention:
-Seizures are not contagious.
-They cannot be cured, but they can be treated with medication.
-Adults and children with seizures want the same things as everyone else. They have the same dreams and are able to do the same things (with precautions).
-Find an adult if you see someone having a seizure
-Having a seizure can be painful. If you see someone having one, stay calm and give them space.
-Lots of people have seizures, if you have them you are not alone.
-When people have seizures, they sometimes don’t know where they are afterwords.

Every Child should know about Seizures

So many people have seizures, it is guaranteed your child will meet someone with one. How they react to the situation depends on their knowledge.

I was 6 when I had my first seizure (that I remember), yet I wasn’t diagnosed until I was 11. The reason? I had no idea what seizures were or that they existed. I just knew sometimes I would forget where I was or fall down.

Children don’t know how to explain what is going on with them if they don’t know what it is.

Make learning Fun

Make learning about about the condition fun.

Look up famous people with seizures, find pictures, or see who can find the most facts.

If a child has fun while learning, they will be more likely to enjoy it and want to learn more.

Read My Sister has Seizures

Looking for a better way to talk about seizures?

Check out my book:

My Sister has Seizures: Children’s book all about Seizures

I wrote it to explain to my nephew about seizures, and I hope you can use it as well.

Have you ever had to explain seizures to a child?

I would love to hear about it in the comments section below.

About the Author

Rachael E Stout

Disabled with seizures, I write about the struggles facing disabled people. I write on this website for fun, and am in the process of writing books so I may one day not be disabled.