Skip to main content Skip to navigation
We care about your privacy. Read about your rights and how we protect your data. Get Details

Epilepsy and Seizures in Children

Key Points about Epilepsy and Seizure

  • A seizure occurs when one or more parts of the brain has a burst of abnormal electrical signals that interrupt normal signals.
  • There are many types of seizures. Each can cause different kinds of symptoms. These range from slight body movements to loss of consciousness and convulsions.
  • Epilepsy is when a person has two or more seizures with no known cause.
  • Epilepsy is treated with medicine. In some cases, it may be treated with vagus nerve stimulator or surgery.
  • It’s important to avoid anything that triggers seizures. This includes lack of sleep.
  • How are epilepsy and seizures connected?
  • What are the different types of seizures?
  • What causes a seizure in a child?
  • What are the signs of a seizure in a child?
  • How are seizures diagnosed in a child?
  • How are seizures treated?
  • How can I help my child live with epilepsy?
  • When should I call my child’s health care provider?
Children's Team

Children's Team

Providers

William Gaillard

William Gaillard

Division Chief, Epilepsy and Neurophysiology
Division Chief, Neurology
Director, Comprehensive Pediatric Epilepsy Program
Associate Director, Center for Neuroscience Research
Jessica Carpenter

Jessica Carpenter

Director, Neurocritical Care
Director, Neonatal and Childhood Stroke Program
Neurologist
Amy Kao

Amy Kao

Director, Dietary Therapies for Epilepsy Clinic
Neurophysiologist
Our Stories

Our Stories

Jake Brady

Jake's Story

When Jake Brady was born, he was a normal, happy baby. He did seem to be hitting his development milestones a little late, but his parents weren’t worried. When he was 10 months old, his parents, Trisha and Jason Brady, noticed what they now realize was Jake’s first seizure

Darcy

Darcy's Story

How outside-the-box thinking and multidisciplinary care preserved the good half of Darcy’s brain.

Departments

Departments

Epilepsy Program

To treat your child’s epilepsy, our program offers a complete range of individualized care plans – from minimally invasive surgery to dietary therapies. Learn more about our treatment options and how to schedule an appointment.  

Neurobehavior Program

The Neurobehavior Program is a subspecialty service of Children’s Center for Neuroscience and Behavioral Medicine, which focuses upon evaluation and management of behavioral effects associated with neurologic illness. Diseases emphasized include epilepsy, movement disorders, intellectual or developmental disabilities, migraines, and other complex neurologic and medical conditions.

Emergency Medicine and Trauma Services

As a Level I Pediatric Trauma Center, we are uniquely qualified to provide emergency care for children, from the design of the department to our highly skilled professionals who understand the special needs of younger, smaller patients.

Pre-Operative Care Clinic

When your child is having surgery at Children’s National Health System, the Pre-Operative Care Clinic’s (POCC) team of pediatric professionals screens patients for surgery and creates a specific care plan for each patient.

Neuropsychology Outpatient Evaluation

Neurological disorders and injuries that affect the brain, including developmental problems and injury from an accident or birth trauma, can influence the way a child thinks, learns, behaves and expresses emotions.

Neonatal Neurology and Neonatal Neurocritical Care Program

The Neonatal Neurology and Neurocritical Care Program at Children’s National is the only one of its kind in the mid-Atlantic region and a leader in advancing neurologic care to some of our most critically ill newborns.

Neurosurgery

Our neurosurgery experts provide advanced care for newborns and children with complex neurological conditions.

Neuropsychology

Children’s National Health System has some of the world’s foremost experts in care for children with complex neurodevelopmental disorders affecting the brain and central nervous system.

Critical Care Medicine

With the only pediatric, cardiac and neuro-intensive care units in the immediate Washington, D.C., area, Children’s National Health System is the region’s leading provider of critical care medicine for seriously ill and injured infants and children.

Bone Health Program

Orthopaedists at Children’s National offer world-renowned expertise and life-changing care, including surgery, for children at high risk for bone fracture.

Neurology

Our pediatric neuroscience team is the largest in the country, allowing us to offer our vast experience to patients and families.

Neonatology

Whether your infant has arrived prematurely or has a critical illness, the Children’s National top-ranked team assists in coordinating every service you and your baby need, including consultations, assessments, emergency treatments and continuing care.

Jake B's Story

little boy holds a pumpkin

When Jake Brady was born, he was a normal, happy baby. He did seem to be hitting his development milestones a little late, but his parents weren’t worried. When he was 10 months old, his parents, Trisha and Jason Brady, noticed what they now realize was Jake’s first seizure.

Read more of Jake's Story