Epilepsy is common among children and its clinical symptoms are very varied. Despite the preconceived opinions and myths surrounding the illness, the majority of children receiving appropriate treatment actually get better or are at least able to successfully cope with the disease.
Although most children experience an epileptic attack just once, for some the problem recurs and they need preventative medical treatment. Epilepsy has a variety of clinical manifestations – from slight, momentary disconnection to unconsciousness, falling and convulsions. Sometimes epilepsy can be accompanied by difficulties in the cognitive, academic, emotional and behavioral fields.
The Pediatric Neurology Unit has vast experience in diagnosing and treating epilepsy in general and particularly in children with complex problems or those resistant to treatment. The unit contains an advanced Electroencephalography (EEG) Laboratory in which examinations are conducted when children are both awake and asleep, with the option of video monitoring and extended EEG and Polysomnograms, performed while awake and while the child is asleep throughout the night.
Unit staff aim to give the epileptic child comprehensive treatment while paying particular attention to cognitive, emotional and behavioral difficulties likely to appear during the illness. To this end a special comprehensive treatment clinic was set up within the Unit. This holistic approach helps the child and his or her family to cope with the problem in all of its manifestations. The clinic's team is comprised of a psychologist, social worker, clinical dietician and representatives from the Israeli Epilepsy Association (EYAL).
Dr. Odaya Bennet-Beck