Epilepsy and Children
Epilepsy may affect learning and development in unique ways, and having a child with epilepsy can affect the whole family. Our specialists in pediatric epilepsy and pediatric epilepsy surgery are experienced in all types of epilepsy in children, and are well prepared to help you deal with your child's needs.
The Children's Hospital at Dartmouth-Hitchcock (CHaD) is fully equipped for the complete treatment of complex epilepsy problems in children. This includes two inpatient epilepsy monitoring units, specially trained nurses, pediatric neurologists who specialize in epilepsy, and pediatric neurosurgery.
Our treatments include complex medication management with the aim of controlling seizures as well as minimizing side effects, experimental medication trials, ketogenic and other dietary treatments, and all forms of epilepsy surgery, including vagus nerve stimulation, focal resection, temporal lobectomy, corpus callosotomy, and hemispherectomy/hemispheric disconnection. We also offer some experimental treatments on selected patients with unique problems.
Our team includes nurses, physicians, social workers, physical and other therapists, rehabilitation specialists, neuropsychologists, neuroradiologists, and other specialists who may be helpful in offering the best treatment for each child.
Our philosophy is to treat each child as an individual and each family as a whole, in order to maximize the child's ability to enjoy life and function as independently as possible.