Neurology Service


A seizure in a child can be very frightening for the child and their parents/carers. It provokes immense anxiety and uncertainty especially when it first occurs.

What causes seizures in children?

There are several reasons why a child could have a seizure. Epileptic seizures are caused by abnormal discharges from the neurons in the brain which can produce symptoms ranging from convulsions to subtle symptoms like abnormal sensations and vacant episodes (absences).

How are seizures treated?

Health experts and National guidelines recommend that all children who have had seizures should have timely access to a paediatrician with expertise in evaluating and managing Epilepsy. They should have appropriate and timely investigations as well as prompt management and treatment if required.

A child who has seizures should ideally have an Individualised Seizure Care Plan. This vital document helps carers in all settings understand, recognise and respond to seizures, so that the child can, as much as possible, safely integrate back into daily life activities like going to school, family holidays and other hobbies.

When to seek medical advice.

If you have concerns about your child’s symptoms, it is important to seek medical advice. In some situations, especially if your child has had their first convulsive seizure or a seizure is associated with other symptoms including a rash or fever, it is advised that you seek urgent medical attention by calling for an ambulance, attending your local A&E or by calling NHS 111. In other scenarios, it may be appropriate to arrange for your child to be seen by a paediatrician with expertise in epilepsy.

We have private clinics based in Charlwood in West Sussex, Horley in Surrey, and Wimbledon in London. This makes us ideally placed to welcome young patients from all nearby areas, as well as Dorking, Croydon, Crawley, Kent, Brighton, Worthing, and further afield.

Please feel free to contact us regarding and we will be happy to see your child at the earliest opportunity.

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