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How To Prepare For Seizures at School

It isn't easy for children to deal with epilepsy at school. However, there are steps that you can take to ensure that teachers and school staff are prepared to meet your child's needs should a seizure occur. Here are some ways you and your child can prepare:

Schedule a Meeting

The first thing to do is to have a sit-down discussion with the school staff. Your child's teachers will need to know the details of your child’s epilepsy should a seizure happen during class. School nurses should also be made aware of any medication that your child is taking or any special routines that need to be followed before or after an episode.

If your child's epilepsy is severe enough and requires special attention, it's vital to get information about the school's policies when it comes to giving your child extra care. This is especially important to do if your child has absence seizures that aren't as immediately noticeable as convulsive seizures. It could be easy for teachers to misinterpret your child’s behavior if they are only under the assumption that it must involve jerking and rapid movements.

Outline Your Seizure Action Plan

Many people have misinformation about epilepsy from books and movies — which is why it's crucial to go over the facts about your child’s epilepsy and seizures. For example, teachers should be warned not to stick anything in your child's mouth during a seizure. Educate them about the myths and stigmas that are often associated with seizures. For example, it's impossible for a human being to swallow their tongue.


You'll want to discuss the following with the school staff right away to devise a post-seizure plan:

  • Do you want to be called after a seizure?
  • Will your child need food or medication post-seizure?
  • Will your child need quiet time in the nurse's office?
  • Do they have a change of clothes stashed somewhere if they lose control of their bladder?

The above are just a few things to consider if your child is going to school with epilepsy as seizures affect everyone differently.

Contact Amor Mehta MD - Neurology Center for Epilepsy & Seizures, LLC today at (732) 800-4587 to learn how we can help you care for your loved one, as well as assist with the prevention and limitation of seizure occurrences.