The Epilepsy Foundation estimates that over 300,000 American children have epilepsy. A child who has a mild form of epilepsy doesn’t need to do more than take a pill in order to live a happy and well-adjusted life. Some children may outgrow the seizures altogether. However, more debilitating forms of epilepsy can turn a child’s life into a lonely and isolating experience.
There are several ways to get a child with epilepsy involved that will improve his or her quality of life. First of all, it’s not healthy for a kid with epilepsy to not interact physically with other people. While there’s a natural inclination to want to protect an epileptic child, too much of this can cause a child to develop feelings of low self-esteem. Besides, an important part of the socialization process is based on group physical activities. Fortunately, epileptic children can participate in most sports; however, sports like horseback riding and cycling may require that a parent be present to pay extra attention. In that regard, children who have auras before going into a seizure can learn to recognize this symptom as a warning sign and stop physical activity for a few minutes.
The challenges that an epileptic youngster faces are unique and difficult. You can help your child get over the feeling of isolation that is commonly associated with epilepsy by getting him or her involved with a camp. While there are special camps that are geared toward children who are affected by epilepsy, it’s also a good idea to consider enrolling your child in a “regular” camp. As long as there is staff available that is trained to deal with children who have epilepsy, it’s healthy and advantageous to involve your child in a camp that includes kids who don’t suffer from the same condition.