Make Observations

It can be very scary for parents to see their own child having a seizure. However, it is important to remain as calm as possible and pay attention. It is unlikely a doctor will ever see a child having a seizure. What parents see and know is vital in helping a doctor reach a diagnosis.

Parents will need to describe exactly what happens. It is a good idea to write down what they see during a seizure and how the child behaves after it is over. Two examples of tools to help record and track this information are included on the “Forms/Documents” page of this website (Seizure Log and Seizure Description Sheet).

It can be helpful if someone can be ready to record a video of a parent and the child during a seizure. That way the doctor can see exactly what happens and how the parent responds. Just be careful that recording doesn’t interfere with taking care of the child.

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